Nine Planets Orbit Our

Cut out the nine planets below and paste them in their correct order from

Cut out the nine planets below and paste them in their correct order from

Cut And Paste Solar System

Each of the planets in our solar system revolves, or travels, around the Sun. The planets circle the Sun along paths called orbits. Because the planets are at different distances from the Sun, each one takes a different length of time to revolve once.

1. What word means travels around!_

2. What are the planets' paths around the Sun called?_

3. Why do the planets take different lengths of time to revolve around the Sun?_

Each planet in our solar system rotates, or spins, around a line through its center. This imaginary line is called an axis. It takes each planet a different length of time to rotate once.

4. Each planet_around a line through its center.

5. This imaginary line is called an_

6. Rotates means

You and a partner may enjoy checking your knowledge of the planets in our solar system by playing the Planet Match Game found on the following pages.

Directions:

1. Study the fact cards (on page 45) for each planet.

2. Cut out the cards and place them face down.

3. You and your partner should each have a game card. >4. Take turns with your partner flipping over one card and matching it with the correct planet on your game card. 5. The first person to get 3 in a row, up and down, across or diagonally is the winner.

Game Card

Game Card

Game Card

Jupiter

Largest planet

Has a "red spot" caused by a huge storm

Mercury

Closest planet to the Sun

This planet orbits the Sun in the fewest number of days—88.

Saturn

Known for Its beautiful rings

Second largest planet

Venus

Known as "Earth's twin"

Earth's nearest planet neighbor

Uranus

This planet was thought to be a comet.

Orbits between Saturn and Neptune

Earth

The only planet with life

Known as the "Blue Planet-

Neptune

Has eight moons and may have rings

Orbits between Uranus and Pluto

Mars

"The Red Planet"

Orbits the

Sun between Earth and Jupiter

Pluto

Smallest planet _________

Has the orbit farthest from the Sun j

Sizes of planets not to scale Planets and Their Average Distances From the Sun

Mercury 36 million miles

Mars

142 million miles

Uranus 1.781 million miles

Venus 67 million miles

Jupiter

484 million miles

Neptune 2.788 million miles

Earth Ç3 million miles

Saturn

885 million miles

Pluto 3.660 million miles

Use the chart and diagram to answer these questions.

1. What is Neptune's average distance from the Sun?_

2. Which planet has an average distance from the Sun of 142 million miles?

3. Which planet is closest to the Sun—Saturn, Mars, or Neptune?

4. How much farther from the Sun is Venus than Mercury?

5. How much farther is the fourth planet from the Sun than the third planet from the Sun? _

Match each symbol in the puzzle to a clue below. Write the planet's name across or down in capital letters.

Match each symbol in the puzzle to a clue below. Write the planet's name across or down in capital letters.

¥ Neptune was named after the Roman god of the sea. 9 Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, d" Mars was named after the Roman god of war. £> Uranus was named after the Greek god of the sky. E Pluto was named after the Greek and Roman god of the lower world. Down

^ Mercury was named after the Roman messenger of the gods.

Jupiter was named after the Roman king of the gods and ruler of the universe.

Saturn was named after the Roman god of farming. © Earth was named after the Greek Earth goddess.

Pretend you have been contacted by NASA to serve as an astronaut on a secret mission. Because of its secrecy. NASA cannot give you your destination. Instead, you must figure it out using the clues below. After each clue, check the possible answers. The planet with the most clues checked will be your destination.

Destination Clues

Record Answers Here

1 Jupiter

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| Earth

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I Pluto

It is part of our solar system.

It is a bright object in the sky.

It is less than 2,000,000.000 miles from the Sun.

It orbits the Sun.

It has less than 15 known satellites.

There is weather there.

It rotates in the opposite direction of Earth.

It is the hottest planet.

Its years are longer than its days.

It is called "Earth's twin."

It is closest to Earth.

Secret Mission Destination is

I know this because

Mr. Ward asked his students this question: What planet would you most like to visit?

The children made a graph to show their answers. Saturn ^^ Mars teC^ Jupiter

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Which planet did the most students choose?

Saturn Mars Jupiter

Which planet did the fewest students choose?

Saturn Mars Jupiter

Which planet would you choose? Why?

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Responses

  • Heikki
    Why do the plants take different time lengths to revolve around the sun?
    6 months ago

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