A Trip Through Our Solar System
An Internet Scavenger Hunt
Teacher Page

Created at Birchwood Elementary School, April 2005. Updated October 2010.

Introduction

This hunt was designed in 2005 for use by third graders in conjunction with their study of the solar system. The objective was for students to increase their knowledge of the solar system by visiting a variety of internet sites. However, the solar system is no longer part of our third grade curriculum. We were going to remove it from our links but since we receive many e-mails from teachers around the country who use the scavenger hunt with their classes, we've decided to keep it. Be aware that we're not actively maintaining the site and all the links may not work. If you send us an e-mail and suggest a replacement for any broken links you find, we will try to update them at our earliest opportunity.

Learning Standards

New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology
STANDARD 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Lesson

1. Students should have some familiarity with the planets of the solar system prior to starting the hunt.
2. Each student should have a printed copy of the worksheet on which to record his/her answers.

Click here to go to printable answer sheet.

The Big Question

After completing the questions for each planet, the students should review their answers to see what was learned about the environment on each planet. The students are then asked to select a favorite planet to return to. They should use their new knowledge to explain their choice.

Return to Solar System Scavenger Hunt student page.

Created by Mrs. Henery, April 2005.


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