California Content Standards 

FIFTH GRADE      5. The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable paths. As a basis for understanding this concept:

  • a. Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system and is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.
  • b. Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.
  • c. Students know the path of a planet around the Sun is due to the gravitational attraction between the Sun and the planet.

Eighth Grade     4. The structure and composition of the universe can be learned from studying stars and galaxies and their evolution. As a basis for understanding this concept:

  • a. Students know galaxies are clusters of billions of stars and may have different shapes.
  • b. Students know that the Sun is one of many stars in the Milky Way galaxy and that stars may differ in size, temperature, and color.
  • c. Students know how to use astronomical units and light years as measures of distances between the Sun, stars, and Earth.
  • d. Students know that stars are the source of light for all bright objects in outer space and that the Moon and planets shine by reflected sunlight, not by their own light.
  • e. Students know the appearance, general composition, relative position and size, and motion of objects in the solar system, including planets, planetary satellites, comets, and asteroids.




Internet Resources

Space School with videos

Interactive 3D Solar System    Starry Skies

Eyes on the Solar System        Exploring Comets        Planet Quest


Exteme Planet Makeover          Nine        Planet Pictures

Thinkquest Planetary Tour     NASA Kid's Club      Universe Sandbox

Amazing Space Explorations       Spacewalk Interactive   

International Space Station Interactive       ISS from NASA

Gravitational Pull Interactive       Your Weight on Other Planets 

Your Age on Other Planets      Solar System Model      StarChild  

Imagine the Universe      NASA's 50th Anniversary Museum

8 Wonders of the Solar System



Teacher Resources

Use "Sky" in Google Earth    Worldwide Telescope -Download from Microsoft

Universe Sandbox- download     NASA for Educators      Amazing Space for Educators

NASA Video Gallery    Documentary Journey to the Moon

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space on April 12, 1961

50th Anniversary of 1st Manned Space Flight

Edhelper Vocabulary Games  

1. Enter your name and initial of last name.  Ex.  Lori C

2.  Enter Mrs. Berg's email address -

3. Choose the title of the story we are working on.  "Childhood Stories of George Washington"

4.  You will see a spelling test.  Go to the bottom and click CHECK MY SPELLING AND SHOW ME GAMES.

Lunar Eclipse from 12/21/2010


First Message Signed in Space


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