Lunar and Planetary Institute

Our Family of Planets: Solar System in My Neighborhood
EXPLORE! Solar System

Solar System in My Neighborhood

Correlations to National Science Education Standards

Grades 5–8
Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
Abilities Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

  • Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some investigations involve making models.

Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System

  • Earth is the third planet from the Sun in a system that includes the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
  • Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the Moon, and eclipses.

National Geography Standards from the National Geographic Society
As a result of activities in grades K–12, all students should

  • Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

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