Students will be able to identify the 8 types of planets in our solar system.

Materials

Pictures of the solar system (or a diagram of it)

Handouts with information about each type of planet

Pencils and paper for students to write down their new knowledge

Introduction

Show the students a picture of the solar system and ask them if they know what all of the things are called and what they are used for.

Let the students take turns answering and encourage them to use correct vocabulary.

After the students have had a chance to answer, explain that there are 8 different types of planets in our solar system and today they will learn about each one.

Direct Instruction

Show the students a picture of each type of planet and ask them to name it.

Explain that each planet is named after a Roman god or goddess and that they each have different sizes, colors, and compositions.

Use the handouts to provide more detailed information about the planets.

Ask the students to listen and take notes on the information provided.

Guided Practice

Divide the students into small groups and give each group a planet picture.

Ask the students to use the information from the handouts to identify the planet and tell its characteristics.

Have the students share their answers with the class and explain why they think it is named that way.

Independent Practice

Give each student a piece of paper and a pencil.

Ask the students to draw a picture of their favorite planet and write its characteristics under the picture.

Encourage the students to be creative and try to remember as much as they can about their planet.

Closure

Review the main points of the lesson with the students.

Ask the students to share their drawings and write about their favorite planets.Word Bank:

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, orbit, solar system