This online resource is a Science ASSIST Connected Learning Experience (CLE) to help teach Year 5 students about the scale of the solar system and human exploration of space.
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.
Students will be able to:
This online teaching package 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.
The activities are organised into five topics:
- Formation of our Solar System
- Identifying Planets
- The Sun and Energy
- Thinking About Planets
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.
This online resource is a web page that provides access to a downloadable quiz on the solar system in PDF form.
The solutions are also available for teachers.
This resource is a web page that provides access to a number of word-related puzzles about the Solar System.
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.
This video shows comparative sizes of planets, sun and moon and distances from Earth.
In this online video, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, rides his bike across a barren plain to demonstrate the scale of the solar system.