Online Explorations: Solar System Trading Cards

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Solar System Trading Cards Education Standards
Grade level: 3-6 —Target grade: 4
Learning Outcomes Project 2061 Standards Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

Students will identify planets and other solar system objects using visual clues. Students will read information to learn about planets and other solar system objects.

The Physical Setting
Standard A: The Universe.

By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that:

  • The Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun, and the Moon orbits around the Earth.

By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that:

  • Nine planets of very different size, composition, and surface features move around the Sun in nearly circular orbits. Some planets have a great variety of moons and even flat rings of rock and ice particles orbiting around them. Some of these planets and moons show evidence of geologic activity. The earth is orbited by one Moon, many artificial satellites, and debris.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Reading

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 — Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Additional information for using this Online Exploration

Students should:

  • Understand that other objects exist in the solar system besides Earth.
  • Be able to read grade-level appropriate material.

Common misconceptions
Students may think that:

  • The Earth is the center of the solar system.
  • Scientists know all there is to know about the solar system.
  • The objects in the solar system are the same size and are equally spaced.
  • Stars, galaxies and black holes are part of the solar system.
  • The Sun is not a star.

Teacher Pages Index
Overview Description / Overview of the Lesson, How to prepare for an "Online exploration", Subject, Concepts, Prerequisites, Process Skills Acquired, Target Audience / Grade Levels, Preparation Time, Execution Time, Field Tested, Last Update
Science Background Science Background, Words from the Scientist, References.
Lesson Plan Goal / Purpose, Desired Learning Outcomes, Prerequisites, New Vocabulary, General Misconceptions, Preparation Time, Execution Time, Physical Layout of Room, Materials, Procedure / Directions, Evaluation / Assessment, Follow-up Activities / Extensions, One Computer Classroom, Classroom Without Computers, Home Schooler.
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