You know what makes the PERFECT unit study topic? The solar system! I have no idea how we have written 11 full unit studies and not tackled this perfect topic yet.
But not to worry, that oversight has been rectified! Goodness, I am sounding very scholarly today. Must be all these unit studies I have been writing.
Guess what launches in the shop today? Our Solar System Unit Study!
This one, like all of our unit studies, is perfect for ages 5-12. Also, like all of our unit studies, it includes bonus literacy and math enrichment, making them the easiest way to give your child an incredibly deep and meaningful education.
Today I thought I would give you a little peek inside.
Now, as you might know, each of our Unit Studies is split into 10 topics, and low and behold, so is this one! Here is how we divided up our Solar System Unit Study:
1. The Sun
10. Dwarf Planets
Each one of those ten topics includes interesting facts, a discussion question, a curated YouTube video, library book suggestions, lots of information for you to read about, a “What’s Happening” section, a literacy/math enrichment question (modified for various ages and stages) AND, the heart of our unit studies, the hands on activity.
The entire purpose of our unit studies is to dive into deep, meaningful learning, and there is no better way to do that than with hands on activities.
Today, for this sneak peek, I thought I would share with you a few of the hands on activities that await you and yours in our Solar System unit study. Remember, this is just a tiny preview, there is SO MUCH more inside the unit study for you to discover.
Alright, without further ado, your tiny-little-sneak-peek preview of a few of the Hands on Activities:
Topic One: The Sun
The Sun is a star and the center of our Solar System. It is orbited by eight planets, along with dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets. The Sun is made of gas, primarily helium and hydrogen, and gives off the heat and light that allows life to survive on Earth.
Our hands on activity for this section is to make a super cool, super easy, super functioning (okay, I am not sounding super scholarly anymore) SUNDIAL!
Topic Three: Venus
Venus is the second planet from the Sun, and is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Even though it isn’t the closest planet to the Sun, it is the hottest. On Venus, metal would melt into puddles of liquid! Venus is a rocky planet with a thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide and clouds made of sulfuric acid.
Our hands on activity for this section is to create our very own rocky Venus (using materials you already have at home!)
Topic Five: Mars
Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun, named after the Roman god of war. It is also known as the “Red Planet” and is a cold, desert-like world. It’s about half the size of Earth, and, like Earth, Mars has seasons, polar ice caps, volcanoes, canyons, and weather!
Our hands on activity for this section goes along with the readings found in the Unit Study and is all about finding out what it would take to create a home on Mars … and then creating that home!
Topic Nine: Neptune
Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun, and is named after the Roman god of the sea. Like Uranus, it is an ice giant and also has a blue appearance from the methane in it’s atmosphere. However, scientists are baffled by how blue Neptune is, as it actually has less methane than Uranus.
Our hands on activity for this section dives into learning about the moons for each planet. For this activity, we create Neptune’s 14 moons.
And there you have it! A tiny little peek into all the fun and deep learning that awaits you and your children as you dive into learning about the Solar System.
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