The Solar System

Contributor: Rebecca Highland. Lesson ID: 10405

Did you know that Mars has a volcano? Or that Saturn has rings? Learn all about the 8 planets in our solar system. Complete fun online activities and pick a creative, hands-on project.


Space Science and Astronomy

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos!

  • What?

These are planets, not nachos!

solar system

The picture above shows a view of all the planets in our solar system.

We live on one of those planets! Our planet is called Earth.

  • Can you locate Earth in the picture?

It's the third planet from the sun.

Eight planets rotate around the sun in our solar system. They are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune!

  • Did you notice that the planets are different sizes?

One even has some rings around it.

  • Are you ready to explore interesting facts about each planet in our solar system?

Print the Solar System - Planet Notes from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

As you watch the video below, listen for interesting facts about each planet. Notice where each planet is located compared to Earth and the sun.

Pause the video to take notes on your Solar System - Planet Notes. You can write words or draw pictures. For example, you can draw a red circle for Mars and add a huge volcano!

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My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos!

  • What does this have to do with the planets?

The first letter of each word begins with the same first letter of each planet name! Also, they are in order from closest to the sun to farthest away from the sun.

It's called a mnemonic device, and it helps you remember the order and names of the planets.

Take a look.

  My = Mercury
  Very = Venus
  Excellent = Earth
  Mother = Mars
  Just = Jupiter
  Served = Saturn
  Us = Uranus
  Nachos = Neptune


Optional Activity

If you love studying the solar system, explore the resources below or watch the videos.


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Continue exploring the solar system in the Got It? section!

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