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Science - K

Exploring the Wonders of the Solar System

Subject: Science

Summary: Engage your kindergarteners in a fun and interactive activity that introduces them to the wonders of the solar system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the names of the eight planets in our solar system.
  • Understand the concept of the sun as the center of our solar system.
  • Can create a model of the solar system.


This activity will involve a combination of storytelling, hands-on crafting, and group discussions to engage the students in learning about the solar system.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Picture books about the solar system
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • String or yarn
  • Tape


1. Begin the activity by reading a picture book about the solar system to the students. Use colorful illustrations and simple language to introduce the concept of planets and the sun.

2. After the story, gather the students in a circle and have a group discussion about what they learned. Ask questions like:

- What is the sun?

- How many planets are there in our solar system?

- Can you name some of the planets?

Encourage the students to share their thoughts and ideas.

3. Distribute construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or colored pencils to each student.

4. Instruct the students to draw and color the sun and the eight planets on separate pieces of construction paper. They can use reference pictures or their imagination.

5. Once the drawings are complete, help the students cut out the sun and planets.

6. Assist the students in attaching a piece of string or yarn to each planet using tape. The string should be long enough to hang the planets in a line.

7. Create a large circle on the classroom wall using tape. This will represent the sun.

8. Help the students hang their planets in a line around the sun, using the strings.

9. As a group, discuss the order of the planets and their relative sizes. Encourage the students to share any interesting facts they know about the planets.

10. Display the completed solar system model in the classroom for everyone to admire.


To assess the students' understanding, ask each student to point out and name a planet on the solar system model. Listen to their responses and provide feedback as needed.

Additionally, observe the students' engagement and participation throughout the activity to gauge their level of interest and comprehension.

Compliance: This activity aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for kindergarten, specifically focusing on the Earth and Space Science Disciplinary Core Idea ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars.

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