Solar System Math 

Description

Earth Day was the perfect inspiration for a tour through our solar system! This incredible National Geographic video is full of stunning satellite images of planets, moons, asteroids, and more. I really enjoyed the detailed description of each planet’s characteristics and how they are categorized into terrestrials, gas giants, and ice giants, based on their composition.

Goal

To merge learning about our solar system with counting, sequence, spatial concepts, and scale.

Activities & Resources

Questions Along the Way

These are just a few of the myriad questions you can ask your children to merge math concepts with our solar system:

  • How many planets are in our solar system?
  • How many planets are made of rocky material?
  • How many planets are gas giants?
  • How many planets are ice giants?
  • What is the smallest planet?
  • What is the largest planet?
  • Which planet is closest to the sun?
  • Which planet is farthest from the sun?