A solar system unit study is a great way to learn about the sun, moon, planets, and more. This collection of solar system printables, books, and activities has a special emphasis on engaging children who need more than only paper and pencil activities. You will find some traditional learning activities here, but my focus is on highly-engaging learning for active kids who learn differently.
I hope you enjoy this Solar System Unit Study!
Unit Study Tools
If unit studies are new to you, check out my post on How to Easily Create a Themed Unit Study. To make your planning even easier, I created this Learning with Themes Activity Pack – 41 Print-and-Go Pages. It contains 41 pages of unit study printables and worksheets that can be used with virtually any learning theme.
All of the single page unit study printables shown on this page are included as well as many others. I show a number of ways to use the pack with the topic of the solar system, but there are many more in the pack you could use as well. It is available for purchase in my shop for a very reasonable price, especially since you can use the printables over and over again with various learning topics and unit studies on my site.
Solar System Unit Study Planning
As you read through the ideas in this post, you can start mapping out what you want to include for your family. The planner has spaces for:
- Spelling & Vocabulary
- Field Trips & Activities
- Videos & DVDs
Solar System KWL
I suggest you start your solar system unit study off with a KWL. KWL stands for:
- Want to know
Your learner lets you know what she already knows (or thinks she knows) about the topic, what she wants to know, and (at the end) what she has learned. KWLs are a great way to document your child’s learning, especially if you use a more relaxed approach to homeschooling. This gives some structure to your learning without being a slave to a curriculum. (I explain more about using a KWL in my How to Create a Unit Study video.)
Depending on the age of your child, you may want to record her answers on this sheet yourself rather than asking her to do it. The important thing is the content of what she’s saying, not whether or not she can write it down. If writing will slow her down, let her dictate her answers to you.
If your learner prefers something with a bit more color, there is a Solar System KWL is available in my shop.
Non-Fiction Books About the Solar System
If you are looking for some informative books to add to your solar system unit study, here are a few. (As always, please review them ahead of time to make sure they align with your family’s viewpoint.)
Picture Books About the Solar System
If you are looking for some fun picture books to add to your solar system unit study, here are a few.
Draw a response to one of these stories. This is a great way to practice identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Solar System Vocabulary and Spelling
Choose several spelling words that are appropriate for your child’s ability. If you don’t do formal spelling, you can use this list for vocabulary discussion.
- solar system
Solar System Word Search Puzzle
For fun, create a word search using words from the word list above.
Solar System Fun Facts
If you are interested in learning lots of fascinating facts about the solar system, these fun fact cards are available in my printables shop. There are many fun ways to use them which I explain here.
Use this simple printable as a fun way to keep track of important facts or your favorite fun facts you learn about the solar system.
Handwriting & Copywork
This Solar System Copywork coordinates with the fun fact cards, This copywork set includes both print and cursive in three versions.
Write a Biography
Write a short biography about a favorite astronaut or person who explored space at some time in history using one of the four different pages like this from the unit study pack. Illustrate with a portrait drawing or print a picture from online. Again, feel free to have your child dictate to you if the act of writing would be too much. The content is the important thing!
Our Favorite Star Gazing Tools
Our family enjoys stargazing and has invested in equipment so we can see even more when we go outside at night.
You can see our favorite stargazing tools here on Amazon as well as below.
- Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Stargazer!
- Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope (Teal)
- Orion 05662 1.25-Inch 13 Percent Transmission Moon Filter
- Orion 08711 Shorty 1.25-Inch 2x Barlow Lens
Watch the International Space Station
Do you ever watch the International Space Station fly over? See my post Live HD Streaming Earth Viewing from International Space Station.
You can also sign up for email or text notifications from NASA to know when the ISS will fly over your home. They will provide you with the exact time and coordinates.
Comparing Things in Space
Complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two things in space. Ideas include:
- sun and moon
- two different planets
- stars and planets
Field Trip Ideas
Have fun exploring the solar system by going on a field trip. Here are a few suggestions.
- Historical location
- Local astronomy club
Make a record of your field trip with this page from the activity pack.
(If you need more, check out 100 Field Trip Ideas for Homeschoolers which includes a free printable.)
Creative Solar System Ideas
Looking for more creative learning ideas? Here are several!
Design a postage stamp to commemorate an important space event or person.
Choose a person or event from space exploration history. Create an acrostic poem about him/her or the event.
Create a travel brochure for going to the moon or a planet.
Pretend you could interview someone related to space. Who would you choose? Write down 3-5 questions you would ask. Then write a newspaper article with what you think their answers would be using this page in the unit study pack.
If you have a creative child, then role playing can be one of the most effective ways to learn. Check out my Apollo 11 Moon Landing Unit Study for lots of fun astronaut ideas.
Your children might also enjoy my Apollo 11 Activity Pack.
Explore videos on YouTube that are about the solar system for kids.
Write a letter to your favorite astronaut. Use one of the letter pages in the activity pack.
Solar System List It
How many Solar System words can you come up with? Keep a list as you are studying or use this printable from the unit study pack as a final activity to review everything you’ve learned.
Space Memory Game
Memory games are a great took for learning!
Bible Verses to Memorize
If your family would like to memorize some Bible verses related to the stars and other heavenly bodies, here are a few to consider.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
Everyday Astronomy on SchoolhouseTeachers.com
If you are a member of Schoolhouse Teachers, you can also utilize their extensive materials in Everyday Astronomy.
Have fun exploring the solar system!