Space Theme
Space Gr. 3 Learning Outcomes

• Describe characteristics and movements of objects in our solar system

• Ask questions that foster investigations and explorations relevant to the content measure objects and events.
Describe the solar system
Compare the sizes of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth.
Name the planets.
Describe some characteristics of each planet Nine Planets
Planet Projects by Claudia's Gr. 3 2012
Alex's Saturn
Bianca's Mars
Cassidy's Mars
Christopher's Jupiter
Curtis' Mercury
Emily's Uranus
Emma H's Saturn
Emma R's Venus
Landon's Jupiter
Lilly's Earth
Max's Neptune
Mollie's Saturn
Rorie's Neptune
Sara's Venus
Larkin's Mercury
Syth's Jupiter
Planet Projects by Nicola's Grade 3 2010 (download as pdf)dfs)
Dylan's Venus
Felix's Mercury
Preetinder's Mars
Adam's Neptune
Bailey's Pluto
Brendan's Saturn
Celeste's Neptune
Cola's Mercury
Gracie's Pluto
Jarod's Uranus
Logan's Saturn
Maddie's Jupiter
Maggie's Earth
Manas' Juptier
Marya's Earth
Shailyn's Mars
Planet Projects by Nicola's Grade 3's 2011 (pdfs)
Taylor's Uranus
Neil's Neptune
Emma B's Earth
Aiden's Uranus
Derek's Mars
Heather's Venus
Jamie's Jupiter
Liam's Saturn
Zoe's Mars
Jacob's Jupiter
Benji's Neptune
Bjorn's Venus
Cole's Earth
Daniel's Neptune
Ellazora's Venus
Ellie's Earth
Emma M's Saturn
Graham's Mercury
Isaak's Saturn
Joseph's Mercury
Liam's Saturn
Rachel's Jupiter
Rennes' Mars
Viny's Neptune
The Gr. 3 students are studying the planets & created an Apple Keynote multimedia presentation of their research. Mme Crystal
Babelfish text translator
WES Planet Research Site 2012
ComicLife template
Template in Keynote
Draft Planet Research Questions for students (french)
Draft Keynote PDF for classroom research
Solar System Exploration
A Guide to Outer Space Surveillence (thanks for the link, Pedro!)
The Nine Planets: Take an unforgettable multimedia tour through the solar system with this online travel tour.
Astonomy for Kids
Windows to the Universe: Our Solar System
Exploratorium's 10 Cool Astonomy Sites
Welcome to the Planets
Astronomy for Kids The solar system, planets, sun, stars, asteroids, and galaxies are all available in this site.
Live From Mars Opportunity to visit Mars through the photography of the space mission; includes a virtual tour. This site offers useful information from stargazing tips to finding resources about our solar system.
StarChild Explore the universe at this colorful site maintained by NASA. Here is a great resource for upper elementary classes on the solar system; either use it where students must conduct individual research for reports or projects, or use it collectively as a class for an interactive unit on our sun, the planets, comets, moons, etc. Each section has its own movie, vocabulary, description of characteristics such as diameter and composition, a history, and discussion questions.
Planetary Fact Sheet: Print this page out and use it as a chart in your classroom while studying our solar system. The comparison between planets in distance from the sun, length of day, mean temperature, etc., can be made at a glance.
Space Resources for Teachers
Chart your Course Use this outline guide to help develop your research project, or for activity suggestions..
Solar System Adventure Linking language arts to science through science fiction, students will research the solar system and then create their own interplanetary adventure.
Amazing Space Web-Based Activities:Galactic activities have students training to be an astronaut, or whipping up comets, visiting black holes...Sound intriguing? Try this site to create a phenomenal unit on space.
OUR PLANET, OUR SOLAR SYSTEM: Stir up an interest in all things astronomical with this planetary unit for first (and second) grade. Key concepts are introduced along with vocabulary, classifying skills, planetary features through poetry, science experiments to discover revolution and rotation, moon phases through demonstrations and murals, and a host of hands-on activities across the curriculum.
Asteroids What is the difference between an asteroid and a comet? Comets (dirty snowballs) are primarily composed of ice and dust. As they near the sun, the heat melts the comet's ices and releases the dust particles we view as the comet's tail. Asteroids (minor planets) are large rocks ranging in size from a few feet to several hundred miles across. Ready to learn more?
Student Resources
A Private Universe Project: Teachers and students will explore common misconceptions about the earth and moon, and discover the scientific process as they investigate in-class lunar activities.
Eduscapes Astonomy Links (excellent site)
Basics of Space Flight Learners' Workbook This module is the first in a sequence of training modules that pertain to space flight operations activities.
Asteroids: Deadly Impact Are you ready for your assignment as an investigator with the Department of Extraterrestrial Phenomena? In order to solve the four real-life impact incidents in this National Geographic simulation, you'll need to know a bit of asteroid science and history.
The Space Shuttle Clickable Map
Star Journey A beautiful site from National Geographic featuring star maps and info on the Hubble telescope.
Earth and Moon Viewer "Presents an earth map; you can see where it is day, or night, right now. You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe."
The Constellations and Their Stars Need information on stars, constellations, and the Milky Way? The first thing you need to know is that constellations are not real!
NASA Kids Learn space sciences at this site from NASA. With games, projects, news, this site seeks "to inform, inspire, and involve" children of all ages and reading levels.
The Aurora Page What is the "aurora?" What causes it to happen? Information, links, and images about the Northern Lights.
Exploring the Planets in the Classroom
The Space Fun page for Ms. Gurtler's Grade 1/2 class.

Updated Friday, November 2, 2012 C. Pearl-Hodgins