Inner & Outer Planets Activities

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© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
VERSION 1
PLUTO not included
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Have your students come
up with their own funny
MNEMONIC DEVICE
and draw it to remember
the order of the planets
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ____________________________________________ Date:____________________
Mnemonic Device to Remember the Order of the Planets
Directions: Create a mnemonic device to help you memorize the order of planets. For example, many
people remember the points of a compass (north, east, south, and west) by using the mnemonic device Never
Eat Soggy Waffles.
Mnemonic Device – the Order of the Planets
Planet
Mercury
Venus
Example
My
very
Earth
elderly
Mars
mother
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Your Mnemonic Device Your Mnemonic Device
just
saw
uncle
Nate
Picture of
Mnemonic Device
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
sun
Our Solar System
Directions: Cut out the word & picture of the planets and place them in
their correct place in the solar system diagram.
Mars
Earth
Saturn
Jupiter
Uranus
Mercury
Venus
Neptune
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
PICTURE OF ACTIVITY COMPLETED
Name: ____________________________________
Date:__________________
INNER VS. OUTER PLANETS
Directions: Fill in the VENN Diagram using the box of words below to compare
INNER PLANETS to OUTER PLANETS.
low density
Part of solar
system
huge planets
rockier
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
gas giants
Inner Planets
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
terrestrial
planets
smaller planets
denser (metallic
cores – iron &
nickel)
Outer Planets
BOTH
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWER KEY
Name: ____________________________________
Date:__________________
INNER VS. OUTER PLANETS
Directions: Fill in the VENN Diagram using the box of words below to compare
INNER PLANETS to OUTER PLANETS.
low density
huge planets
Part of solar
system
rockier
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
gas giants
Inner Planets
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
terrestrial
planets
smaller
planets
rockier
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
terrestrial
planets
smaller planets
denser (metallic
cores – iron &
nickel)
Outer Planets
BOTH
part of our
solar system
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
gas planets
huge planets
low density
denser (metallic
cores- iron &
nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Venn Diagram –
Paste in a SCIENCE
INTERACTIVE
NOTEBOOK
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
INNER
Planets
BOTH
Compare & Contrast
OUTER
Planets
GLUE HERE
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Optional Cut-Out Page to use with
Solar System Venn Diagram on the
Inner & Outer Planets
(SEE NEXT PAGE)
if you want to give students an idea of what to
write. Don’t forget this is editable!
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Cut-Outs for Inner & Outer Planets
“Compare & Contrast” Venn Diagram
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
part of
solar system
low density
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
rockier (made of solid
rock)
huge planets
terrestrial planets
composed of mostly
gases (gas giants)
smaller planets
denser (metallic cores –iron
& nickel)
Cut-Outs for Inner & Outer Planets
“Compare & Contrast” Venn Diagram
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
part of
solar system
low density
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
rockier (made of solid
rock)
huge planets
terrestrial planets
composed of mostly
gases (gas giants)
smaller planets
denser (metallic cores –iron
& nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Compare & Contrast
ANSWER KEY
BOTH
INNER
Planets
OUTER
Planets
GLUE HERE
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
terrestrial planets
smaller planets
part of
solar system
rockier (made of solid
rock)
huge planets
composed of mostly
gases (gas giants)
low density
denser (metallic cores –iron
& nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
PICTURE OF VENN DIAGRAM ACTIVITY
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Orbital & Rotational Period of Planets
Directions: Fill in the orbital and rotational period of each planet.
Planets of the Solar System
Planet
Orbital Period Rotational Period
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Directions: After you have finished filling out the table above, answer the
following questions below.
1) Which planet rotates the fastest?
2) Which planet rotates the slowest?
3) Which planet has the longest day?
4) Which planet has the shortest day?
5) About how long is a day on Saturn?
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWERS MAY VARY A LITTLE DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE (if you
have your students look up the answers in your book or the internet)
ANSWER KEY
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Orbital & Rotational Period of Planets
Directions: Fill in the orbital and rotational period of each planet.
Planets of the Solar System
Planet
Orbital Period Rotational Period
Mercury
88 days
59 days
Venus
225 days
243 days
Earth
365.25 days
23 hrs 56 mins
Mars
687 days
24 hrs 37 mins
Jupiter
12 years
9 hrs 50 mins
Saturn
29.5 years
10 hrs 30 mins
Uranus
84 years
17 hrs
Neptune
164 years
16 hrs
Directions: After you have finished filling out the table above, answer the
following questions below.
1) Which planet rotates the fastest? Jupiter
2) Which planet rotates the slowest? Venus
3) Which planet has the longest day? Venus
4) Which planet has the shortest day? Jupiter
5) About how long is a day on Saturn? 10 hrs 30 mins
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Planet Trivia
Directions: Read each description & then put a check mark in the correct box.
Planets of the Solar System
Earth Mercury
Jupiter Saturn Mars Venus Neptune Uranus
Planet closet to the sun
Gas planets
Densest planet
Planet farthest away from the sun
Terrestrial planets
Least dense planet
Most massive planet
Contains the Giant Red Spot
Nicknamed the “Red Planet”
Third planet from the sun
This planet is closet in size to Earth
The moon Titan orbits this planet
Has the most extensive ring system
Hottest planet
Takes 88 days to orbit the sun
Terrestrial planet with liquid water
Ring is made up of mostly ice, rock & dusk
Named after Roman goddess of love & beauty
Named after the Roman god of the sea
Smallest mass out of all the planets
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWER KEY
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Planet Trivia
Directions: Read each description & then put a check mark in the correct box.
Planets of the Solar System
Earth Mercury
Planet closet to the sun
Gas planets
Densest planet
Planet farthest away from the sun
Terrestrial planets
Least dense planet
Most massive planet
Contains the Giant Red Spot
Nicknamed the “Red Planet”
Third planet from the sun
This planet is closet in size to Earth
The moon Titan orbits this planet
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Ring is made up of mostly ice, rock & dusk
Named after Roman goddess of love & beauty
Named after the Roman god of the sea
Smallest mass out of all the planets
X
X
Has the most extensive ring system
Hottest planet
Takes 88 days to orbit the sun
Terrestrial planet with liquid water
Jupiter Saturn Mars Venus Neptune Uranus
X
X
X
X
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
VERSION 2
PLUTO included
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Have your students come
up with their own funny
MNEMONIC DEVICE
and draw it to remember
the order of the planets
My
very
elderly
mother
just
sat
under
9
pelicans
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ____________________________________________ Date:____________________
Mnemonic Device to Remember the Order of the Planets
Directions: Create a mnemonic device to help you memorize the order of planets. For example, many
people remember the points of a compass (north, east, south, and west) by using the mnemonic device Never
Eat Soggy Waffles.
Mnemonic Device – the Order of the Planets
Planet
Mercury
Venus
Example
My
very
Earth
elderly
Mars
mother
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Your Mnemonic Device Your Mnemonic Device
just
sat
under
Neptune
nine
Pluto
pelicans
Picture of
Mnemonic Device
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Our Solar System
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
sun
Directions: Cut out the word & picture of the planets and place them in
their correct place in the solar system diagram.
Mars
Earth
Saturn
Venus
Uranus
Mercury
Pluto
Neptune
Jupiter
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ____________________________________
Date:__________________
INNER VS. OUTER PLANETS
Directions: Fill in the VENN Diagram using the box of words below to compare
INNER PLANETS to OUTER PLANETS.
low density
Part of solar
system
huge planets &
1 small planet
rockier
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
Gas giants
Inner Planets
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus,
Neptune, Pluto
Terrestrial
planets
Smaller planets
Denser (metallic
cores – iron &
nickel)
Outer Planets
BOTH
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWER KEY
Name: ____________________________________
Date:__________________
INNER VS. OUTER PLANETS
Directions: Fill in the VENN Diagram using the box of words below to compare
INNER PLANETS to OUTER PLANETS.
huge planets &
1 small planet
low density
Part of solar
system
rockier
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
gas giants
Inner Planets
Mercury,
Venus, Earth,
Mars
terrestrial
planets
smaller
planets
rockier
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus,
Neptune, Pluto
terrestrial
planets
smaller planets
denser (metallic
cores – iron &
nickel)
Outer Planets
BOTH
part of our
solar system
Jupiter,
Saturn,
Uranus, Pluto
gas planets
huge planets &
1 small planet
low density
denser (metallic
cores- iron &
nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Venn Diagram –
Paste in a SCIENCE
INTERACTIVE
NOTEBOOK
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
INNER
Planets
BOTH
Compare & Contrast
OUTER
Planets
GLUE HERE
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Optional Cut-Out Page to use with
Solar System Venn Diagram on the
Inner & Outer Planets
(SEE NEXT PAGE)
if you want to give students an idea of what to
write. Don’t forget this is editable!
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Cut-Outs for Inner & Outer Planets
“Compare & Contrast” Venn Diagram
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune,
Pluto
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
part of
solar system
low density
rockier
gas giants
huge planets
& 1 small planet
terrestrial planets
smaller planets
denser (metallic cores –iron
& nickel)
Cut-Outs for Inner & Outer Planets
“Compare & Contrast” Venn Diagram
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune,
Pluto
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
part of
solar system
low density
rockier
gas giants
huge planets
& 1 small planet
terrestrial planets
smaller planets
denser (metallic cores –iron
& nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Compare & Contrast
ANSWER KEY
BOTH
INNER
Planets
GLUE HERE
Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus, Neptune,
Pluto
Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars
terrestrial planets
smaller planets
OUTER
Planets
part of
solar system
rockier
denser (metallic cores –iron
gas giants
huge planets
& 1 small planet
low density
& nickel)
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Orbital & Rotational Period of Planets
Directions: Fill in the orbital and rotational period of each planet.
Planets of the Solar System
Planet
Orbital Period Rotational Period
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto
Directions: After you have finished filling out the table above, answer the
following questions below.
1) Which planet rotates the fastest?
2) Which planet rotates the slowest?
3) Which planet has the longest day?
4) Which planet has the shortest day?
5) About how long is a day on Saturn?
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWERS MAY VARY A LITTLE DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE (if you
have your students look up the answers in your book or the internet)
ANSWER KEY
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Orbital & Rotational Period of Planets
Directions: Fill in the orbital and rotational period of each planet.
Planets of the Solar System
Planet
Orbital Period Rotational Period
Mercury
88 days
59 days
Venus
225 days
243 days
Earth
365.25 days
23 hrs 56 mins
Mars
687 days
24 hrs 37 mins
Jupiter
12 years
9 hrs 50 mins
Saturn
29.5 years
10 hrs 30 mins
Uranus
84 years
17 hrs
Neptune
164 years
16 hrs
Pluto
248 years
153 hrs 20 mins
Directions: After you have finished filling out the table above, answer the
following questions below.
1) Which planet rotates the fastest? Jupiter
2) Which planet rotates the slowest? Venus
3) Which planet has the longest day? Venus
4) Which planet has the shortest day? Jupiter
5) About how long is a day on Saturn? 10 hrs 30 mins
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Planet Trivia
Directions: Read each description & then put a check mark in the correct box.
Planets of the Solar System
Earth Mercury Jupiter Saturn Mars Venus Neptune Uranus Pluto
Planet closet to the sun
Gas planets
Densest planet
Planet farthest away from the sun
Terrestrial planets
Least dense planet
Most massive planet
Dwarf planet
Contains the Giant Red Spot
Nicknamed the “Red Planet”
Third planet from the sun
This planet is closet in size to Earth
The moon Titan orbits this planet
Has the most extensive ring system
Hottest planet
Takes 88 days to orbit the sun
Terrestrial planet with liquid water
Ring is made up of mostly ice, rock & dusk
Named after Roman goddess of love & beauty
Named after the Roman god of the sea
Smallest mass out of all the planets
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
ANSWER KEY
Name: ________________________________
Date:__________________
Planet Trivia
Directions: Read each description & then put a check mark in the correct box.
Planets of the Solar System
Earth Mercury Jupiter Saturn Mars Venus Neptune Uranus Pluto
Planet closet to the sun
Gas planets
Densest planet
Planet farthest away from the sun
Terrestrial planets
Least dense planet
Most massive planet
Dwarf planet
Contains the Giant Red Spot
Nicknamed the “Red Planet”
Third planet from the sun
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
The moon Titan orbits this planet
X
Has the most extensive ring system
X
X
X
X
Ring is made up of mostly ice, rock & dusk
Named after Roman goddess of love & beauty
Named after the Roman god of the sea
Smallest mass out of all the planets
X
X
This planet is closet in size to Earth
Hottest planet
Takes 88 days to orbit the sun
Terrestrial planet with liquid water
X
X
X
X
X
© 2016 Katie & Jenny Stafford
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