Solar System

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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.

This boy has put all the planets in our solar system in order!

This boy has put all the planets in our solar system in order!

These kindergartners are proud of completing the solar system puzzle

These kindergartners are proud of completing the solar system puzzle.

At the end of the week we looked at the relative size of the planets using different foods, and a basketball for the sun.

Mercury: peppercorn

Venus: soybean

Earth: soybean

Mars: peppercorn

Jupiter: grapefruit

Saturn: orange

Uranus: peach

Neptune: peach

We talked about the size of each planet and then the children took turns holding the planets and orbiting the sun.

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