The 9 Planet Solar System Tour

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You just buckled youerself in for the ride of your life. You feel the adrenaline rush through your body. Recently you have
become a certified astronaut from NASA and they have selected you to explore and collect evidence about our solar system.
It is up to you to come back and teach us with the information you gain. Good luck Space Captain!!

Task 1: Today you aspiring astronauts will research information about the solar system and create a table
about what you learned. The table needs to include the following: Order of planets nearest to the sun, the year it
was discovered, how many moons it has, what it's known for, a random fact, and your weight on the planet. You can add more columns to your
table but no more than three. Use Microsoft Exel to create your table.

Task 2: After your done researching the planets, you will be creating a sales pitch. It is your job to convince
your class mates that the planet you picked is a good place to live. Then show what your environment looks like. Be creative
and steer away from picking Earth. You can use Photostory or powerpoint to express your creativity.

How is it suitable for human life?
What is the weather like?
Some sight seeing places for tourists.
What makes this planet better then everyone elses?
What do you look like?
Are there other life forms?
What are you surrounded by?

1. Click on the following links under Resources to start researching.
2. Using Microsoft Excel, open and create a table with the listed colums and rows.
3. Print out the table and hand it in to your teacher.
4. Use the resources below to start your sales pitch project.
5. Open up Photostory or Powerpoint to create a presentation.
6. Share with the class.


Solar System Video (click if video does not load)

Website 1
Website 2
Website 3

Illinois Learning Standards:
STATE GOAL 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate questions, conduct experiments and solve problems.
11.A.2a Formulate questions on a specific science topic and choose the steps needed to answer the questions.
11.A.2c Construct charts and visualizations to display data.
11.A.2e Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.

STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space sciences.
12.F.2a Identify and explain natural cycles and patterns in the solar system (e.g., order of the planets; moon phases; seasons as related to Earth’s tilt, one’s latitude, and where Earth is in its yearly orbit around the sun).
12.F.3a Simulate, analyze and explain the effects of gravitational force in the solar system (e.g., orbital shape and speed, tides, spherical shape of the planets and moons).

STATE GOAL 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in historical and contemporary contexts.
13.A.2c Explain why keeping accurate and detailed records is important.
13.A.3c Explain what is similar and different about observational and experimental investigations.

1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate thinking, construct knowledge,and develop
deep innovative products and processes using technology.

Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Identify trends and forecase possibilities.

3. Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.

Plan strategies to guide inquiry
Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
Process data and report results.

There are 10-7 spelling and grammatical errors through the presentation.
There are 6-4 spelling and grammatical errors through the presentation.
There are 3-2 spelling and grammatical errors through the presentation.
There are 1-0 spelling and
grammatical errors
through the presentation.
The student does not express any effort.
The student shows minimal effort.
The student shows satisfactory effort.
The student shows excellent
The student does not show any comprehension or understanding of material
The student shows a minor understanding of what they researched.
The student shows some comprehension and understanding or research conductivity.
The student shows a credible
amount of comprehension and
understanding of research conductivity.
The student does not follow any directions or process steps
The student follows several of the directions.
The student follows most but not all of the directions.
The student follows all directions
and process steps.

Now that you have completed your jouney of this galaxy, you have obtained much knowledge and interesting facts of the planets surrounding you. With this knowledge you have obtained, this capability that only a few have gained, you can now look up into the sky and instead of wondering what is out there you can rely on the facts.


"Our Earth in Solar System, Birth of Sun as a Star, Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy, Our Milky Way in the Universe." Our Earth in Solar System, Birth of Sun as a Star, Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy, Our Milky Way in the Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2010.

"The Nine Planets Solar System Tour." The Nine Planets Solar System Tour. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2010.

"The Solar System - Astronomy For Kids -" Astronomy For Kids - N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2010. <

daviddeath11. " YouTube - The planets in our solar sytsem, in order of the nearest to the Sun ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2010.

By Ashley Parrott and Nicholas Schroeder