# 4th Grade Planets of our Solar System OmniGlobe Lesson Plan

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```					                         Planets of our Solar System
OmniGlobe Unit Lesson Plan

Lesson Time: (4 -5) ~30 minutes times
Unit / Theme: Solar System and Space
1. Earth Science Grade 4 - standard #1
Essential Question: How does the Earth compare to other objects orbiting the Sun?
Content Objective(s):
1. The students will be able to list the names of the 8 planets and at least 1 key fact
about each planet and compare it to Earth.
2. The students will be able to put the planets in order from closest to the Sun to
the furthest from the Sun.
3. The students will be able to model the basic movement of the planets around the
Sun.
Language Objective(s):
1. The students will be able to write the names of the 8 planets in proper order
starting closest to the Sun and write at least 1 interesting fact about each planet.
2. The students will be able to explain in sentences using key vocabulary words
how the planets move around the Sun.
Key Vocabulary:
 Revolution
 Rotation
 Orbit
Critical Thinking Strategies:
 Background Knowledge (Schema)
 Visualizing
 Synthesizing
 Inferring – Main Focus
Resources:
 Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars –Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian -
Harcourt, Inc.(2007)
 A variety of age and reading level appropiate books on the planets.
Extensions / Variations:
 Math - Calculate your weight on the planets.

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Lesson Delivery:
 Setup –
o Group students in groups of 2-3.
o Assign groups a planet. (But not Earth)
o Hand out “Planet researcher” and “Comparing my Planet” papers. (Can
be printed back to back)
o Hand out “Poem Inferences” Papers.
o Have a variety of books and resources available for students to do
research.

1. Pre-lesson-
a. Read the poem for each planet out load to the groups.
b. Question: What inferences can you make about the planet from the poem?
c. Chart the “inference” responses of the class.
d. After each response: Question: Why did you make that inference? or What
e. Chart the “why” responses.
f. Have kids fill in “Poem Inferences” paper after each poem.

2. Work Time-
a. Have each group research about the planet and fill in the “planet researcher /
my planet comparison” paper.
b. When they find an interesting fact about a planet they can come and see if it
is visible on the OmniGlobe.
c. Prepare a presentation to the class about their planet using the OmniGlobe
and their “planet researchers / my planet comparison” papers.
3. Presentations-
a. Starting with Mercury, have groups present about their planet.
i. Address class inferences about the planets and if they were correct
explaining why or why not.
b. During presentations chart planet information as a class compilation.
4. Assessment or extension-
a. Make a mobile of the solar system

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Planet
Name
Inference                                                          Why
Mercury

Venus

Earth

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

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Neptune

Poem Inferences
Planet Researchers-
Being an Astronomer!
Planet Name:___________________________________________

Where did the name come from? ____________________________________________

Does it have a nickname? If so, what?_______________________________

Class Inference Study:

1. Inference:______________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

2. Inference:______________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

3. Inference:______________________________________________________________________

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__________________________________________________________________________________

My Planet
Earth                                     Name: ____________________

Comparing My Planet

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Order from the                              3                                            Order from the
Sun                                                                                      Sun
Diameter-                            7,926 miles                                         Diameter-
Length across                                                                            Length across
Length of day                          24 hours                                          Length of day
Length of year                         365 days                                          Length of year
Number of                                    1                                           Number of
moons                                                                                    moons
Average                              59 Degrees                                          Average
Temperature                          Fahrenheit                                          Temperature
Type:                Terrestrial                                                   Type:
Terrestrial or                                                                     Terrestrial or
Gas                                                                                Gas
Classification:     Inner Planet                                                   Classification:
Inner or Outer                                                                     Inner or Outer
Other possible notable features                                  Other possible notable features
Rings                                       No                                           Rings
Tilt                            ~23 1/3 degrees                                          Tilt
Rotation                        Counterclockwise                                         Rotation
Color                                 Blue                                               Color
Other: Spots/                    Definite surface                                        Other: Spots/
Storms/                          with volcanoes,                                         Storms/
Volcanoes/                       valleys. Has an                                         Volcanoes/
Valleys/                        atmosphere with                                          Valleys/
Atmosphere/                     weather/ storms.                                         Atmosphere/
Etc                                                                                      Etc

Planet Order Classification:   Type:                                                   Other facts
Name from the   Inner or     Terrestrial
Sun   Outer planet     or Gas
Example of Planet Comparisons
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Name          Order Where did the Planet                                                  Other facts
from   name come Nickname
the Sun   from?

Example of Planet Comparisons (Filled)

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Mercury
1               Roman
Messenger of the
The swift
planet
gods

Venus
2            Roman Goddess
of love and
Earth’s
sister
beauty

Earth
3           The Old English
word for ground
The blue
planet
or soil.

Mars
4             Roman god of
war
The red
planet

Jupiter
5               King of the
Roman gods
None
or the gas
planet

Saturn
6             Roman god of
agriculture
None or the
ringed
planet

Uranus
7            Greek god of the
sky
None or the
tilted planet

Neptune
8           Roman god of the
sea
None or the
blue giant

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Calculating Your Weight on Other Planets
Example: Mercury
Weight in pounds: 150
Multiplier: 0.378

Weight (lbs): 150 x 0.378 = 56.7 pounds

Mercury                                        x        0.738
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Venus                                          x        0.907
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Mars                                           x        0.377
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Jupiter                                        x        2.36
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Saturn                                         x        0.916
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Uranus                                         x        0.889
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds
Neptune                                        x        1.12
___________pounds                                          _________________Pounds

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OmniGlobe - Solar System
Mobile
Instructions
Materials:
 2 – sturdy strips 20 -24 inches long and about 2 inches wide
(Options: Foam project board / cardboard)
 10 – Pieces of string/ yarn/ fishing line about 8- 10 inches long
 4 – small paper clips
 Planet and sun pictures printed on cardstock
 Transparent tape and Glue

Procedures:

Step 1: Cut the foam board or cardboard into 2 – strips about 2
inches wide and 20 – 24 inches long.

Step 2: Tape or glue the strips into an “+” shape. (Let glue dry)

Step 3: Cut out the 8 planets and the sun, label them.

Step 4: Make a loop out of 1 piece of string and tape it to the
center of your strips. (This is now the top of the mobile, where
you will hang it from.)

Step 5: Using small pieces of tape, tape one side of the string to
the top of the cutout sun picture and the other side of the
string to the center of the bottom of your strips.

------Turn page over------

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Step 6: Repeat this procedure with the other 8 planets. You should
start close to the sun with Mercury getting a little further
out with each plant. The last planet is Neptune and it
should be on the very end of the strip. You will end up with
4 planets on each strip. (Plant order starting closest to the
sun. –Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,
Neptune)

Step 7: Hang up you mobile using the top string. Then use small
and large paperclips to balance you mobile by placing
them on the strips.

Saturn

Diagram:

Neptune
Ura
nus

Uranus                                           Jupiter

Saturn

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OmniGlobe - Solar System
Mobile
Assessment
Materials:
 2 – sturdy strips 20 -24 inches long and about 2 inches wide
(Options: Foam project board / cardboard)
 10 – Pieces of string/ yarn/ fishing line about 8- 10 inches long
 4 – small paper clips
 Planet and sun pictures printed on cardstock
 Transparent tape and Glue

Procedures:
Step 1: Cut the foam board or cardboard into 2 – strips about 2
inches wide and 20 – 24 inches long.

Step 2: Tape or glue the strips into an “+” shape. (Let glue dry)

Step 3: Cut out the 8 planets and the sun, label them.

Step 4: Make a loop out of 1 piece of string and tape it to the
center of your strips. (This is now the top of the mobile,
where you will hang it from.)

Step 5: Using small pieces of tape, tape one side of the string to
the top of the cutout sun picture and the other side of the
string to the center of the bottom of your strips.

Step 6: Repeat this procedure with the other 8 planets. With the
planets you will use a second sting and paper to add your
fact under the picture of the planet.

Step 7: Hang up you mobile using the top string. Then use small
paperclips to balance you mobile by placing them on the
strips.
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Saturn

Diagram:
Ura
nus

Planet Order: (write the names of the planets in proper order staring
from the one closest to the Sun and ending with the furthest from the
Sun.)

Sun -> _________________ -> _________________ -> _________________ ->

_________________ -> _________________ -> _________________ ->

_________________ -> _________________ (Furthest from the sun)

Planet Fact Cards:

Planet Name:______________________                         Planet Name:______________________

Planet Fact: ___________________________                   Planet Fact: ___________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________

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Planet Fact Cards:

Planet Name:______________________                         Planet Name:______________________

Planet Fact: ___________________________                   Planet Fact: ___________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________

Planet Name:______________________                         Planet Name:______________________

Planet Fact: ___________________________                   Planet Fact: ___________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________

Planet Name:______________________                         Planet Name:______________________

Planet Fact: ___________________________                   Planet Fact: ___________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________
_________________________________________                  _________________________________________

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