The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids
Fault Lines & Tectonic Plates
Discover What Happens When the Earth's Crust Moves
If there's one thing you can rely on it's the surface of the earth, except when it moves, which is all the time! In Fault Lines and Tectonic Plates: Discover What Happens When the Earth's Crust Moves, readers ages 9–12 learn about earthquakes and volcanoes and how the earth's surface is always changing.$17.95 - $22.95
With 25 Great Projects
In Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 discover what life was like on Earth millions of years ago when dinosaurs walked the land! Through investigations of plant and animal fossils, readers gain a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between different species and the land.$14.95 - $19.95
The Science of Science Fiction
Alien civilizations, artificial intelligence, time travel–is there any truth in these exciting ideas? In The Science of Science Fiction, readers ages 12–15 explore the science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, many of which inspired today's inventors and innovators.$17.95 - $22.95
With 25 Great Projects
We all know you can't eat a mud pie, but did you know that without the soil that makes up a mud pie, we wouldn't have very much real food? We wouldn't have several important medicines, either! Soil is a very important resource. We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our$14.95 - $19.95
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.”
For educators! Download a packet of essential questions, mentor texts, and Common Core State Standards to use in classrooms and libraries.Classroom Guide
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