The Solar System

The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids

By Delano Lopez  
Illustrated by Jason Slater

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 Read More

Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619307940
Paperback, $17.95
9781619307971
eBook, $12.99
9781619307957
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Earth/Space Science
Leveling: Ages 9-12 |Grade Level 4-6 |

Reviews

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.”

 

 

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

Timeline

Introduction
Our Solar System

Chapter 1
The Big Bang

Chapter 2
The Terrestrial Planets

Chapter 3
The Jovian Planets

Chapter 4
Earth's Moon

Chapter 5
Comets and Asteroids

Chapter 6
Kuiper Belt and Beyond

Chapter 7
Astronomer's Tools

Chapter 8
Space Telescopes and Satellites

Chapter 9
Powering Spacecraft

Chapter 10
Landers and Rovers

Chapter 11
Future Spacecraft


Glossary
Resources
Index