We began our science curriculum last week by learning about our solar system. We talked about how the sun is a hot, burning ball of gas called a star. The sun is at the center of our universe. There are eight planets that orbit the sun. There are the inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, followed by the asteroid belt, then the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The inner planets are much smaller than the outer planets. The outer planets are made of gas.
The students have enjoyed the various solar system work that is out in the classroom! They have been pin pushing the solar system, and laying out large pictures of the planets.
At the end of the week we looked at the relative size of the planets using different foods, and a basketball for the sun.
We talked about the size of each planet and then the children took turns holding the planets and orbiting the sun.