Solar System Math
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.
To merge learning about our solar system with counting, sequence, spatial concepts, and scale.
Activities & Resources
- Here is a Solar System Math video Mr. Sean made with some discovery questions to help guide the learning.
- Here are Printable Cutouts of all the planets and the sun.
- Here is a Fingerpainting Project, great for learning the sequence of the planets.
- Here is a Solar System Model, a fun craft that develops understanding of spatial concepts and scale.
- This is a wonderful Planet Song video on Youtube.
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?