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A Closer Look at the Planets
Space Science Series

Video Objectives

  1. Students will understand about the planets and dwarf planets in our solar system.
  2. Students will determine the order of the planets and learn the differences between the terrestrial and jovian planets.
  3. Students will learn about the size, landforms, atmosphere, temperature, moons, rotation, and orbit of the terrestrial planets and their names: Earth, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
  4. Students will learn about the size, landforms, atmosphere, temperature, moons, rotation, and orbit of the jovian planets and their names: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
  5. Students will learn about the size, landforms, atmosphere, termperature, moons, rotation, and orbit of the dwarf planets and their names: Ceres, Pluto, Eris.

Classroom Activites

  1. Model of the Solar System. Ask students to work in pairs or small groups. Using classroom supplies (or have students brainstorm supplies they can bring from home and complete the project in two days) have groups construct a small scale model of the solar system. Students should make sure that their planets are comparatively sized, that they are the correct colors and composition (encourage creativity when constructing the gas planets), and that their orbits are as accurate as possible.
  2. Life on Other Planets. After viewing the program, students should know that at this time, Earth is the only planet known to support life. Ask students to choose another planet, research it, and come up with a solution to make those planets livable as well (not just for people but for any type of life).

Vocabulary Words

1. Atmosphere
2. Axis
3. Ceres
4. Charon
5. Composition
6. Crater
7. Dwarf planet
8. Dysnomia
9. Earth
10. Eris
11. International Astronomica...
12. Jovian planets
13. Jupiter
14. Kuiper Belt
15. Mars
16. Mercury
17. Moon
18. Neptune
19. Nereid
20. Orbit
21. Planet
22. Pluto
23. Pluton
24. Revolve
25. Rotate
26. Saturn
27. Small solar system bodies...
28. Space probe
29. Star
30. Terrestrial planets
31. Triton
32. Uranus
33. Venus

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A Closer Look at the Planets

Introduce your students to the new definitions of Planets, Dwarf Planets and Small Solar System Bodies. With the amazing clarity of new Hubble photography and 3D animation, students will discover; 'What happened to Pluto?' Newer planet categories like Terrestial and Jovian and new terminology like 'Plutons' are made concrete and easy to understand....

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Chapters (01-06)

 00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - The Planets
03 - The Terrestrial Planets
04 - The Jovian Planets
05 - The Dwarf Planets
06 - What Did You Learn?

A Closer Look at the Planets
A Closer Look at the Planets
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