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Earth Science Grade 2


Exploring the Planets By: Allie Combs and Mikaela Potts Grade 2


Unit 1:

The Solar System

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Chapter 1, Section 1

Mercury FUN FACTS: 1. Closest planet to the Sun 2. Circles the sun faster than all other planets (88 Earth days) 3. Smallest planet 4. Has temperature swings of more than 1,100 degrees 5. Has no moons

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Chapter 2

Venus FUN FACTS: 1. Second planet from the Sun 2. Sometimes referred to Earth’s “sister planet” due to similar size and mass 3. Circles around the sun in 225 Earth days 4. Known as the Morning Star 5. Has No moons

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Chapter 3

Earth FUN FACTS 1. The only planet with proven life! 2. Third planet from the sun 3. Has 1 moon 4. Made up of 75% water 5. Only planet not named after a God

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Moon!

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Chapter 4

Mars FUN FACTS 1. Has a nickname of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;red planetâ&#x20AC;? because it is covered in a rust-like dust 2. Has many volcanoes including Olympus Mons <--- largest volcano in solar system 3. Very thin atmosphere, making the planet have a low temperature 4. People believe there could potentially be life on this planet 5. Has 2 small moons

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M A R S

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Chapter 5

Jupiter FUN FACTS 1. Fifth planet from the sun 2. Fourth brightest object in the solar system 3. Orbits the Sun once every 12 Earth years 4. Has 3 thin rings around the planet 5. Has 67 moons as of now, more and more are discovered over the years

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Chapter 6

Saturn FUN FACTS 1. Sixth planet from the Sun 2. Can be seen with the naked eye 3. The flattest planet 4. Contains four main groups of rings 5. Has 62 confirmed moons

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S A T U R N

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Chapter 7

Uranus FUN FACTS 1. Seventh planet from Sun 2. Two sets of rings 3. Coldest planet 4. Has 15 moons 5. Referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ice giantâ&#x20AC;? planet

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Chapter 8

Neptune FUN FACTS 1. Eighth planet from the Sun 2. Very thin set of rings 3. Only planet not discovered by the ancients 4. Has the most active climate 5. Has 14 moons

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Chapter 9

Pluto FUN FACTS 1. Was the ninth planet from the Sun 2. No longer included as a technical planet in the solar system 3. Referred to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dwarf planetâ&#x20AC;? 4. Smaller than most moons 5. Has 5 moons

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P L U T O

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Practice PLANETS  M ATCHING  WORKSHEET Match  the  picture  of  the  planet  with  the  cor-­‐ rect  planet  name                                                                                                                                                        Venus
  

 

 

 

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URANUS

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Quiz PLANETS QUIZ

TRUE OR FALSE:

Answer the following questions with the best answer.

4. Venus has two moons.

Multiple Choice

5. Saturn has rings around it.

1. Which planet is the closet to the sun?

a. Venus

b. Mercury

c. Jupiter

d. Mars

2. How many moons does Earth have?

a. three

b. two

c. one

d. none

MATCHING: Word Bank: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Earth 6. The smallest planet. 7. The largest planet.

3. Which planet is the biggest one in our solar system?

a. Uranus

b. Neptune

c. Jupiter

d. Saturn

8. The planet that is furthest from the sun.

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References: http://space-facts.com/mercury/ http://space-facts.com/venus/ http://space-facts.com/earth/ http://space-facts.com/mars/ http://space-facts.com/jupiter/ http://space-facts.com/saturn/ http://space-facts.com/uranus/ http://space-facts.com/pluto/

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