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Exploring the Solar System

Curriculum Target Grade(s): 6

Suitable for Grades: 5-9

Discover your place in space! Explore the planets of our solar system, as well as moons, asteroids, and comets, and learn about how we explore them using technology and in-person. Go from our backyard view of a “flat earth” through the earth-centered and then sun-centered solar system, model moon phases, and discover the technology we use to understand other planets and what that data teaches us about our own planet.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 6

Cluster 4: Exploring the Solar System

  • 6-4-01: Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of Earth and space.
  • 6-4-02: Identify technological developments that enable astronauts to meet their basic needs in space.
  • 6-4-04: Investigate past and present space research programs involving astronauts, and explain the contributions to scientific knowledge.
  • 6-4-05: Describe positive and negative impacts arising from space research programs.
  • 6-4-06: Identify technological devices placed in space that help humans learn more about the Earth and communicate more efficiently.
  • 6-4-08: Recognize that the Sun is the centre of the solar system and it is the source of energy for all life on Earth.
  • 6-4-09: Identify the planets in the solar system and describe their size relative to the Earth and their position relative to the Sun.
  • 6-4-10: Classify planets as inner or outer planets, based on their position relative to the asteroid belt, and describe characteristics of each type.
  • 6-4-14: Explain how the relative positions of the Earth, moon, and Sun are responsible for moon phases and eclipses.

Cluster 2: Flight

  • 6-2-11: Compare a variety of propulsion methods that are used to produce thrust in animals and flying devices.
  • 6-2-12: Describe how unbalanced forces are used to steer aircraft and spacecraft.
  • 6-2-13: Explain why the design of aircraft and spacecraft differs.


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