Monday, July 30, 2012

Made-It Monday: The Solar System

Who doesn't love the Solar System!  Space fascinates children from the primary grades through adulthood.  Here are some projects I made for the classroom or home!

A picture of the sun can has is graphic organizer
The Solar System can has is graphic organizer

I love the tree charts--I think it is a great way for pre-writing!  If you want a copy of our sun and its planets, click here.

The Solar System K-W-L Chart

One of my favorite discussion activities is a K-W-L Chart.  They help to activate children's prior knowledge, and it lends itself to a wonderful way of closing the lesson.  I made the charts for the sun and its planets.  Find it here.

Diary of the Solar System Graphic Organizer

I love the whimsy of making inanimate objects real.  The students can write diaries for the planets. It could even be a class project and made into a class book. This is a graphic organizer for the pre-writing stage.  You can find the entire solar system here.

Graphic Organizer of the Solar System
 I love making these graphic organizers for two reasons: they are easy and students love them!  I take two sheets of 12"x18" construction paper and line them up so there is about an inch between.  I fold it over and staple, and I have a very cool graphic organizer.  I have used it for planets, life cycles of butterflies and frogs, the layers of a tropical rain forest, and the layers of the seas.  It works well for anything!

Rock Planets

You can see what it looks like on the inside.  I drew each of the rock planets and wrote facts for each planet.

The Rock Planets: painting projects
I was trying to think of a fun way to make the planets.  As you see they are not to scale!  

Mercury:  I took orange paper, white paint and marbles.  I think it looks cool!  
Venus: blue paper and white paint and marbles.  I wish I made clouds on the blue paper instead.
Earth: white paper, green and blue paint, marbles.  I have made better, but it is still fun to roll those marble around.
Mars: red paper with sponged orange paint.  I was trying to make the cool orange rocks of Mars.  


There are many other great ideas at 4th Grade Frolics!


  1. You are very generous to share all your work with others! thank you!

  2. I love the graphic organizer idea! Thank you for sharing!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Those are some awesome solar system ideas! :)


  4. I LOVE these! I'm experimenting with interactive notebooks next year in science and these graphic organizers will be a GREAT help when I teach my solar system unit!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!