Solar System


Space explorers CLE - Year 5

This online resource is an ASSIST Connected Learning Experience (CLE) to help teach Year 5 students about the planets in the solar system.

Description: In this investigation, students research, collect and use data about the planets in our solar system, in order to assess their suitability for human settlement.

Learning intentions

Students will be able to:

W.A.S.P. Year 5 – Solar system

This online resource about the Solar System is for Year 5.

The resource is a teaching package that provides hands-on activities with teacher support materials to help with the teaching of the Year 5 Earth and space science components of the Australian Curriculum that deal with the Solar System.

The activities are organised into five topics:

  1. Formation of our Solar System
  2. Identifying Planets
  3. Orbits
  4. The Sun and Energy
  5. Thinking About Planets 

Solar system and space exploration - ABC Splash

This online resource allows students to explore the Solar System.

The resource is a Flash-based digibook that allows students to explore the Solar System in an interactive environment.

Students can engage with images, videos and podcasts to explore the Solar System and learn about the Sun, Moon and the planets. They can also learn about the unique characteristics of each planet and their distance from the Sun.

The resource also allows students to explore information about meteors, asteroids and comets and how these objects travel through the solar system.

Distance to the sun

This downloadable resource is an activity where students determine the distance to the Sun.

In this activity students use an image of the Sun to determine its distance from the Earth using mathematics.

The ratio of distance to the width of the image is used to obtain an experimental value for the distance to the Sun, which students can compare to the known value.

This activity introduces the idea of sources of error and allows students to make a percentage error calculation based on their result.

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