SCM 2015
Our Solar System

"Our Solar System" Unit of Work - Overview

The Solar System is a fascinating place and students find it an engaging and interesting topic to explore.

Here you will find a five-lesson unit of work investigating our Solar System. Students will consider the bodies that make up the Solar System as well as the role of space exploration with a focus on Australia's involvement. The lessons are aimed at students in years 3 to 7 (with particular relevance for students in years 5 and 7), but are flexible enough to be adapted for other year levels.

Each lesson has a brief introduction, broad learning outcomes, a list of required resources, suggested assessment options and activity sheets (presented as PDFs and IWB files as appropriate).

In the Cross-curricular lesson ideas and activities section there are more ideas to support the learning in this unit.

Lessons

The five lessons are designed to be taught sequentially, but each lesson has a distinct focus:

• Lesson 1: Introducing our Solar System − Students will explore what our Solar System contains and use common items to create a scaled version of it.

• Lesson 2: The planets − let's find out more − Students will begin to focus on specific planets within our Solar System and research to find out more about it.

• Lesson 3: The planets − how do they compare? − Students will work in groups to compare and contrast planets using various criteria.

• Lesson 4: What else is out there? − Students will explore the other objects (other than planets) that make up our Solar System and research to find out more about them.

• Lesson 5: Space exploration and Australia's involvement − Students will contribute to the creation of a space exploration timeline and consider the important role Australia has played in the events.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

A table has been compiled that outlines the curriculum links for this unit. Links have been provided for years 3 to 7 in the learning areas of Science, Mathematics and English.