Solar System Unit

Text Set

Picture Book

Floca, B. (2009). Moonshot: The flight of Apollo 11. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Use this poetic, informational picture book to introduce the solar system to your 6th graders! Use this as a read aloud introduction to learning characteristics of the solar system and the moon.

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Informational Text

S. (n.d.). Dynamical systems theory enhances knowledge of Jupiter's atmosphere. Retrieved March 02, 2016, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160217125628.htm

Use this article to teach about Jupiter's characteristics. This article is also great to show that science includes constant research, and that scientists are always learning new things!

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Web-Based Resource

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/

Visit this website to teach about planets, starts and moons. Could be used in a lesson, or for students to access during a research project!

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Visual

http://missionscience.nasa.gov/astrobiology_graphic_novel/Astrobiology-Issue02.pdf

This graphic novel could be used to teach about Mars in a fun and creative way! Students will be engaged in the pictures and story, wile learning about Mars and its characteristics.

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The Solar System Song