I remember studying the planets back in the early elementary years and just loving the idea that each one of them were very different. My daughter had a full solar system setup on her ceiling with a working “moon” that glowed in the dark when she was younger, too. The planets have always been something my family has enjoyed, needless to say.
If you are considering doing a unit study on the planets and you need lesson plan ideas, here are some fun and factual planet unit study resources for you to use for building your own lesson.
Planet Unit Study Resources
Planet Lesson Plan Ideas
Here is a Solar System Lesson Plan idea from Home Science tools geared at elementary students with activities and discussion.
There are several Solar System Lesson Plans on this page on the NASA website. There is stuff for all ages, too.
Planet Lapbooks and Printables
Here is a Giant Lapbook on the Solar System from Iman's Home School that may come in handy.
Jumpstart has some free Solar System Worksheets you can print off.
Planet Crafts and Activities
Create a classic Paper Mache Solar System with this tutorial and video from Facci Designs.
Great Balls of Fire has some great planetary project ideas for middle school and high school students.
Planet Videos and Clips
This video from National Geographic features Bill Nye and NASA as they team up to talk about 50 Years of Space Exploration.
This video on The Sun from National Space Solar System is an interesting look at what brings us light. It talks about the storms that happened in 2003.
Additional Planet Resources
NASA's Solar System Exploration section has some very useful and up to date information.
National Geographic has a section that teaches about the Solar System.
Kid's Astronomy has a section on their site about the planets.
Nine Planets is a site that offers a Solar System Tour and lots of information on the planets.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute has an entire page with information on websites to view the whole solar system as well as each individual planet.
Planet Books and teaching materials for kids
Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond by David A. Aguliar
Our Solar System by Seymour Simon
101 Facts About the Solar System by IP Factly
Our Solar System: A Solar System Kids Book by Majestic Kids