The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids
The moon is one of the smaller celestial objects in the universe, but it has some very important jobs. Without it, Earth would be a very different place! Narrated by the character of the Universe, The Moon: Small-but-Mighty Neighbor offers up clear scientific explanations designed to gets kids excited about astronomy, covering topics such as the$9.95 - $19.95
Earth is our home, but how much do we really know about our planet? Quite a lot! In The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet, the narrator, who just happens to be the universe, explains where Earth is located in the solar system, how Earth was created, how life evolved on Earth, and more.$9.95 - $19.95
Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts
With Stem Projects for Kids
Bonnie Dunbar, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Sunita Williams, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are all pioneers in the field of space exploration. In Gutsy Girls Go for Science:Astronauts with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 through 11 explore the lives of these female astronauts who took risks and pushed the limits of what we know about$14.95 - $19.95
Shining Star of the Solar System
There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun. What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System.$9.95 - $19.95
“. . . this book is a great introduction to our neighborhood – and beyond.”
Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Perfect for the curious explorer who is eager to learn by reading and to learn by doing creatively inspired activities. A thoroughly engaging gateway into science, revealing what we know about our solar system and the ongoing mysteries yet to be resolved. Sure to inspire a new generation of space explorers.”
Praise for a previous edition of The Solar System
Children's Literature Review
“Both the history and the future of the field are explained in easy-to-understand detail. Even if the projects were removed, the book would be an excellent text on astronomy.”
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Detailed Book Description
Look up! What do you see? The sun, moon, stars, other planets? You’re checking out the solar system!
The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids invites middle school kids on a journey of a lifetime to explore the comets, meteors, asteroids, sun, planets, and moons that make up the solar system. Kids learn about the history of space exploration and discovery, along with the tools of astronomy that have made it possible to study celestial objects even outside our own solar system. While space seems far away, and really, it is, The Solar System brings it closer to the classroom with fun facts and engaging language kids will find exciting!
Space has been fascinating to humans since we first looked up, and that sense of wonder is still very much a part of a young astronomer’s experience. As the tools of space exploration become more and more sophisticated, the farther reaches of outer space become accessible to everyone back on Earth. Photos from the rovers on Mars, images of Pluto from New Horizons spacecraft, communications from Comet 67P via the Philae comet probe all bring the solar system up close and personal for anyone with an internet connection.
The Solar System includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises related to astronomy and space exploration. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions encourage readers to take a deep dive toward the outer limits of our home!
Try these hands-on astronomy projects!
- Build a solar-wind-powered spacecraft
- Design a rail launcher
- Conduct a greenhouse experiment
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Solar System Map
Our Solar System
The Big Bang and the Birth of Stars
Meet the Planets
Beyond Planets and Stars
From Ancient Astronomy to Telescopes
Sending Spacecraft to Space
Future Space Exploration