The Solar System
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 3

In this unit, you will learn surprising facts about the solar system, like the fact that there are 13 planets--4 terrestrial ones, 4 gas giants, and 5 dwarf planets. You will also find out how mankind has used technology to explore our solar system, and to understand Earth's place within the solar system.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 semester 2 science units require materials from the Semester 2 Science Kit.
$110.00 #817 Age 11-13 - Semester 2 - Science Kit


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Latest View of Our Solar System
  • Lesson 2: Our Sun
  • Lesson 3: Earth, the Third Planet (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Satellites and Telescopes
  • Lesson 5: Meteorites and the Moon (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Other Terrestrial Planets
  • Lesson 7: Gas Giants (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Dwarf Planets and Asteroids
  • Lesson 9: Men on the Moon and Beyond (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Solar System Model and Test (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze satellite imagery including spectral analysis and reflectance curves. (Science)
  • Analyze the components of the solar system including asteroids, meteors, and comets. (Science)
  • Analyze the components of the solar system including the Sun, planets, and moons. (Science)
  • Analyze the cycles of the solar system including seasons, days, years, and eclipses. (Science)
  • Analyze the spin-off benefits generated by space exploration technology including medical, materials, transportation, processes, and future research. (Science)
  • Compare and contrast the Earth to other planets in terms of size, composition, relative distance from the Sun, and ability to support life. (Science)
  • Describe space explorations and the understanding gained from them including NASA, historic timeline, Apollo mission to the Moon, space shuttle, International Space Station, and future goals. (Science)
  • Describe the setting of the solar system in the universe including the galaxy, our size, and the uniqueness of Earth. (Science)
  • Know characteristics of the universe, including the use of light years to describe distances in the universe. (Science)
  • Relate the influence of the Sun and the Moon's orbit to the gravitational effects produced on Earth, including solar storms and tides. (Science)
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