Solar System and Space – Resources and Activities

Here is a list of reccomended solar system and space resources and activities to accompany the astronomy study in Solar System and Space Notebooking Pages.

We are a participant in the Amazon LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertizing program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Furthermore, this page may contain other sponsors, affiliate, and/or affiliate links. This means if you click on a link (ad) on our site, we may receive and commision. As always, opinions are my own and are sincere. You can read our disclaimer and private policy. We also have our disclosure policy.

Solar system has never been separated from the space learning. Children are thirsty of solar system and space resources and activities. Well, it happens to my children.

This year we have just finished our solar system and space units for our elementary and middle school grade levels. They really enjoy that topic. Moreover, they surprised me with their enthusiasm in learning. They can do both oral and written narration very well with the resources they collect by themselves. My youngest son knows better than I do about what he learns daily when he has the unit lessons.

To engage children’s learning and to make a documentation, we use our Solar System Notebooking Pages . I give away some parts of this resources for FREE. Please scroll down to download. If you like this tools, you can purchase it in my new shop with affordable price.

Today, I would like to share some resources that will help kids to enjoy the solar system and space lessons. At the same time, I found several activities about solar system and space that will surely make the learning more engaging and challenging.

If you want to keep this post for later, pin and share it.

Here is a list of recommended solar system and space resources and activities to accompany the astronomy study in Solar System and Space Notebooking Pages.

Do you have any additional resources?

Information and Current Events

Space Weather is a site that gives information about the current solar weather. Get more information about the sun in this site so that we will be more updated with the solar knowledge

NASA Planets is always informative and it will make an excellent read. If your kids really love studying astronomy I highly recommend taking a few days just to look around. However, this page, has great pictures and concise information about the planets.

The Equinox Mini Unit will give information about equinox. There are also links that give further topic exploration about equinox.

Space is a news portal about anything space and solar system. We can get some updates about the recent news in that topics:

  • space flight
  • search for life
  • science and astronomy
  • sky watching
  • entertainment
  • video

The Story of the Universe is a short reading for kids to comprehend about the existence of the universe with simple language. Simply read and discuss and let the discussion flow.

Gallery of Space Images great collections of images you can download and print out. Read the instruction to print.

The Infrared Universe is a site with some informations about space, including the solar system, the milky way, and the cosmos. The language should be simple for middle school readers.

Curiosity Mission Overview is a one page of a site informing about the study of Mars. Mars is very interesting for people on Earth because there is a possibility of life. This site shows us how human being has studied about the planet to pursue the possibility of life in the planet.

Space Missions gives information about the missions that have ever done to explore the solar system and space.

Mission Juno is an exploration to Jupiter with machines controlled by human being from the Planet Earth

Discovery Guide: Juno Mission to Jupiter is a page to inform some facts about Jupiter.

Cassini’s Mission to Saturn is a semi interactive site to inform anything about Cassini’s NASA mission to explore Saturn. It starts with the time line, spacecraft, and behind the scene.

Nasa has a very complete information about anything in the solar system and space.

 

Interactive Sites

E Learning for Kids Solar System is a wonderful flash based interactive learning about solar system. It is a great introduction for children in Preschool, Kindergarten, and lower elementary level

Earth in Motion helps us to understand better about several terms related with Earth’s structure and movement: hemisphere, equinox, tilt, and how the seasons happen in more detail visual explanation.

Sizing up The Universe is a fabulous tool to give real comparison of the size of things in space to the real life stuff. You will be ask to use your logic comparing the sun to the real life things in size.

How do We Know The Big Bang Actually Happen? To some extend, there are many confrontation between science and religion regarding the creation of the universe. However, let’s separate between science and religion when we talk about this topic and follow this interactive site. We should be able to conclude wisely.

Photos of Galaxies show 12 images and information about galaxies in the universe. I can see how wonderful they are.

Understanding the Universe is a school discovery interactive program with 3 options you can choose: Galaxy Tour, Stargazers, and Awesome Facts.

Interactive Guide to Stellar Evolution is an interactive information about the life cycle of a star. It was started from the nursery, protostar, blue supergiant, supernova, and black hole.

Sky Spy Safari shows the images of galaxies in certain time. Choose the time, the galaxy, and the telescope you want to use. Enjoy the scenery.

Stars and Galaxies has an explanation about the life cycle of a star, an activity, a test, and evaluation.

What do you know about stars is an interactive quiz to challenge your knowledge about stars.

Solar System Scope is available in online, desktop, ios, and android versions. It has a lot of information about each of the planet and the sun. We can read it when we click on the images.

Space Facts is a site to give information about planets, galaxies, solar system, and moons

Interstellar Trip Planner is a program to count the length of a journey to other places in the space using several vehicle choices.

Billion Picture Views of Mars shows some pictures sent back by Curiosity Rover. People try to solve the puzzle shown in the snapshots.

Facts about Mars shows some interesting facts about Mars as an individual planet and compared to the Planet Earth.

Flickr of an Astronaut – See photos of Earth taken by International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Moon Challenge will get us completing the phases of the moon based on the time

Hands-on Tools for Exploration

We might not be able to go to the moon or explore the space by ourselves, but we can use tools to help us learning about the solar system and the space. Here are some product recommendation.

Activities and FREE Printables

Solar System Cards are in the form of Montessori Nomenclature cards with more notes about the obejects. You can use the cards for various games with kids. It is not only early childhood learners that love it, but I am sure that children in all ages will love it as well.
Stargazing Party Activity – Kids will enjoy the beautiful scenery of stars, but it might be difficult for them to get the constellations among the incredible vastness of the night sky. These Constellation Flashlights are great to bring constellations alive, and closer to earth, for your children.
Toilet Paper Distance Comparison is a great lesson for kids to learn about the distance of each planet to the sun. Well, this activity is meddy and will need to sacrifice the toilet paper. However, it is quite fun.
Comparing Planet Sizes with Fruit from Wild about There is a simple activities for younger kids to show them the ratio of planets’ sizes using fruits. With visual display, kids will understand the ratio better.
Planet Flip Book from Inspired Elementary. The main objective for this activity was to introduce the solar system and the order of the planets from the sun.
Planetary Bingo from Elemental Science is a great way to get kids familiar with the solar system. This game is suitable for 5 years old and older kids. You can also play it with family.
Homeschool Science Corner: How to Teach The Solar System from Elemental Blogging . The main objective for this activity was to introduce the solar system and the order of the planets from the sun.
Marshmallow Constellations is a fun way to get to know about constellation shapes with hands on marshmallow.
Teach The Earth Rotation in a very simple way using some real things around kids. Check out this experiment.
Stargazing Scavenger Hunt is a fun activity for kids acknowledging the constellation. Download the printable and have fun with kids.
Montessori’s Phases of The Moon activities keep children do research about the moon’s phases. Then, they will close the activities with creating models from Oreo.
  Constellation Pin Punching Cards might be for the young learners. However, we can be more creative to adapt it for the older learners.
  Astronomy Activities and Free Printables have a rich collection of resources for children, especially the younger learners, to use in learning astronomy.
  Make Constellations Using DIY magnetic LED is very suitable for kids in the middle school levels. Beside recognizing the constellation, they will practice their skills in electronica.
  My Moon Journal is a great way for kids in any level to recognize and to experience the real moon phases day by day. In addition, it will lead kids to enjoy astronomy in the real life as well.
  Solar System Paper Mache is a classic activity that kids in any level, anytime and and anywhere in the world will like it. They can compare the size of the planets in ratio and train their art skills.

Reference Books

13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids)13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids)

National Geographic joins forces with David Aguilar of the Harvard Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory to revise our 2008 book—and to update young readers on the high-interest topic of space.

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into universe.

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our SunSolar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

This reference is quite heavy in discussion and reading, but the middle schoolers and adults will like it. You can make it as a great read aloud family reading.

Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for BeginnersExploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners

Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners

We use this book for our middle schoolers, but the elementary grader also loves it as well. This book includes information about the universe, the solar system, and the constellation. It wins the Children’s Science Book Award.

Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the SkyChild’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

Like the title said, this book is about stars, planet and constellation. 8 years old children and older will enjoy the book. It has also vocabulary list and wonderfully illustrated.

Glow-in-the-Dark ConstellationsGlow-in-the-Dark Constellations

Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations

We use this book while we are exploring the sky with our telescope. The glow-in-the-dark feature enables us to see the constellation outdoor at night. There are also some stories related with each of the constellation. My children love it so much.

The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia.The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia.

The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia (Kingfisher Encyclopedias)

We purchase this book for additional reference in our solar system unit. The content is started from the simple topic about space observation, solar system, stars, exploration, and space in the future.

Find the ConstellationsFind the Constellations

Find The Constellations

This book is suitable for the middle schoolers. Containing star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons and the movement of the objects we see in the sky, this classic book makes H. A. Rey’s passion for astronomy evident on every page.

Space: A Visual EncyclopediaSpace: A Visual Encyclopedia

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia

Featuring a wealth of never-before-published NASA photographs, charts, stories, and contributions by NASA astronauts and experts,

Space: A Visual Encyclopediais a comprehensive exploration of space from our nearest planets and stars to far-off galaxies.

First Space Encyclopedia (DK First Reference)First Space Encyclopedia (DK First Reference)

First Space Encyclopedia (DK First Reference)

We use this book for our spine with our elementary level children. After reading this book, we use other books and video to explore the topics.

Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World!Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World!

Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World!

I am not sure whether this book is classified as a reference book or non-fiction. Each of the space item is considered as a character in this book. That makes it different from other books. The delivery of the information is very cool. There is also a poster included.

Fiction/Non Fiction Books

Kindergarten and Preschool Level

Our StarsOur Stars

Our Star

Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they’re far away, stars are part of your world, too! Just lift up your eyes to see.

Anne Rockwell explains the universe with bright pictures and simple text in a book that will delight any curious child’s mind!

There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System

The Cat in The Hat has its unique style introducing the solar system and space to the young learners. If your children love the series, this is going to be the perfect source for them.

Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books)Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books)

Me and My Place in Space

The Cat in The Hat has its unique style introducing the solar system and space to the young learners. If your children love the series, this is going to be the perfect source for them.

If You Decide To Go To The MoonIf You Decide To Go To The Moon

If You Decide To Go To The Moon

Written in the second person, the text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to liftoff (at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling thorugh space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”)

Roaring Rockets (Amazing Machines)Roaring Rockets (Amazing Machines)

Roaring Rockets

This book is suitable for children 3-5 years old. It is illustrated to show how people can travel to the space.  Rockets have power. They rise and roar. This rocket’s waiting, ready to soar. Rockets carry astronauts with cool, white suits oxygen helmets and gravity boots. Blast off with more out-of-this-world couplets! This time it is machines that fly.

Curious George Discovers Space (science storybook)Curious George Discovers Space (science storybook)

Curious George Discovers Space (science storybook)

Join George on an exciting journey into outer space and learn all about space travel, gravity, the solar system, and Mars.

The Darkest DarkThe Darkest Dark

The Darkest Dark

The main character of this story, Chris, loves everything about space. However, he is afraid of darkness until he is aware that the space is the darkest place of all. On the other hand, the darkness is exciting.

Elementary Level

Look Inside: Space (Look Inside) by Rob Lloyd Jones New Edition (2012)Look Inside: Space (Look Inside) by Rob Lloyd Jones New Edition (2012)

Look Inside Space

This book is intended for children 3 years old and older. This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it – stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system.

The Sky Is Full of Stars (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)The Sky Is Full of Stars (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

The Sky is Full of Stars

Young stargazers learn about different star colors and brightnesses, how to locate major constellations, and how to make mini planetariums by using coffee cans and flashlights. This is a great book for primary leveled readers.

The Planets: Third EditionThe Planets: Third Edition

The Planets

Best-selling author-illustrator Gail Gibbons explores our solar system’s planets in this book. Our solar system is a fascinating place. The planets in it, named in ancient times after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, are very different from each other in size, shape, orbit, and even weather.

StargazersStargazers

Stargazers

When you have young learners that want to know about stars and constellation, you can use this book to give introduction. Gail Gibbons is a guarantee of contents.

Galaxies, Galaxies!Galaxies, Galaxies!

Galaxies, Galaxies!

With other books written by Gail Gibbons mentioned previously, this book will complete the space unit.

The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar SystemThe Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System

We love The Magic School Bus series. We follow the adventurous scientific journey of Ms. Frizzle’s class after reading the reference books.

Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of DiscoveryPluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery

Pluto was included into the solar system before 2006. Therefore, when kids born in 2000s might not be familiar with this dwarf planet. On the other hand, the old generation might still consider it as a mysterious planet. Well, to get the right information track in simple way, this book is really good to read.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the CosmosStar Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

The book follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space.

 

Videos about Solar System and Space

The Universe

How Big is The Universe?

Watch about some measurement used in the universe analogy and comparison. Well, we often don’t really understand about the amazing fact of measurement. For example, the speed of light is only digest as numbers, without really understand how real fast it is.

The Big Bang Theory

Learn about some theories about the creation of the earth. Find out about the Big Bang and why scientists believe this may have been how the universe began. A wonderful animation and the explanation is interesting

Large Hadron Collider Explained

Large Hadron Collider is a kind of giant project to explain the Big Bang theory. In this project, scientist recreate the condition when Big Bang happened.

The Universe Facts Series in Videos

This is a wonderful youtube playlist that we access to summarize each of the solar system and space topics. After reading and watching other videos, we will watch any of the related topic to make sure we have covered interesting facts.

Galaxies

Hubble: Galaxies accross Time and Space – Travel into space through the picture of galaxies taken from the hubble telescope. So beautiful.

Why do we see spiral arms in the galaxies? is a question delivered to and answered by an astronaut with simple language.

Stars and Constellation

The Life Cycle of Stars explain how everything in the universe happens. If you find it challenges the religious belief, think about who make everything happens. We like this video a lot.

Stars and Constellations tells a story how stars and constellations have their names.

How to Find Orion  gives information about the constellation of Orion and how to find it. Well, this is the first constellation we found.

The Solar System

The Birth of Solar System shows how a star with planets around it is formed.

Formation of The Solar System shows how the sun was formed and how the explosion made the planets in the solar system scientifically.

Space School is a playlist of 9 videos about each planet in the solar system, including Pluto, the dwarf planet. We use this series in our learning after reading the books.

Solar Storm Forecast will show us that storms also happen on the sun. We will know how it affect us on planet Earth.

The Sun

Where does the sun’s energy come from? is a video with animation showing how large sun has its energy by the nuclear fusion

Auroras; what causes them explains the creation of aurora and how it is related with the sun. The explanation is very clear and concise.

Mercury and Venus

Life on venus is a video showing the tragic life on Venus, which was the twin planet of Earth. Well, my son cried watching this movie imagining how poor this planet is.

Earth and Mars

Day on Earth

This is a perfect video to explain about day, year, and seasons. We will learn about the term rotation, revolution, and daylight saving time. Well, I live in the equator and it is very embarrassing that I don’t know about daylight saving terms. I learn from this video as well.

Earth at Night is an interesting video showing how the satellite captures electricity use at night.

Is Mars Red Hot? tells us about the temperature in Mars which is very contrast from the red color and from earth. Younger children will like it.

National Geographic Exploring Mars  is a great video about Mars. It shows the surface and some proves of the existence of water on it once upon a time.

Jupiter and Saturn

Saturn’s Ring is a further study about Saturn. This is interesting and we love it a lot.

Cassini: Coming Attraction at Saturn – This is a more detailed study about the Planet Saturn. The Cassini space probe’s mission to Saturn will bring more knowledge to people.

Neptune and Uranus

Voyager’s Visit to Uranus – Watch the first spacecraft visited Uranus in 1986.

Voyager’s Visit to Neptune – Watch the first spacecraft visited Uranus in 1989.

Pluto and Dwarf Planets

Count Down to Pluto – Get to know NASA’s mission 2015 to Pluto

Why isn’t Pluto A Planet Anymore? is a simple explanation about the new classification of Pluto as a dwarf planet.

Introducing Telescope

This video is a part of Supercharge science, online science program, but we can watch this lesson for free. It is a  wonderful introduction to telescope. I am impressed how children are introduced to the types of telescope, refractor and reflector.

Solar System and Space Notebooking Pages

To engage children’s learning, we use our Solar System and Space Notebooking Pages. It has over 100 pages of notebooking pages to record their learning to be an amazing portfolio and memory in the future. You can check it out in my new store. Just click the image below to see what’s inside it:

Solar SYstem Notebooking PagesFor my readers, I would like to giveaway 25 pages of that set to help your children doing the solar system and space unit.

Terms of Use

This printable is only for your personal use, FREE of charge. Please be honest when using and sharing these files and follow the terms of use.

By downloading this file, you agree to the terms of use.

What you may DO:

  • Download the planner/files to your computer and print them for your personal use.
  • Give proper credit to Blessed Learners when blogging about the planner.
  • Link directly to my blog when sharing about the planner.

Please DO NOT:

  • Link directly to the PDF file; link to the blog post instead.
  • Change the files in any way.
  • Sell or distribute the planner/files in any way.
  • Host this file on your own website or upload it to a shared website.

The files are the property of Blessed Learners {Adelien Tandian}.

Please fill in the form below to download the Solar System and Space Notebooking Pages

 

2 thoughts on “Solar System and Space – Resources and Activities

  1. Shannon says:

    either the link is broken or I am….I click the picture and it asks me to sign up, I’m already signed up…it doesn’t give me a download option. Now chances are I am totally missing something…

    Thank you for the planner.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *