6th Grade – Unit 7 – The Solar System

This illustration shows an icy/rocky planet orbiting a dim star. This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA

Dear 6th Graders,

Below you’ll find a few links that might be useful to prepare the new Science unit:

  • My improved concept map (cmaptools): here
  • Last year’s post on the subject: here
  • NASA Television (NTV) is a resource designed to provide real-time coverage of Agency activities and missions: here
  • NASA Brain Bites – Interesting answers to common questions about space: here
  • NASA @ Home and City – Check out this interactive site where NASA shows the practical implications of how space travel has affected out lives and can be traced in the home: here
  • NASA Image of the Day -A new space image every day. The pictures are of great quality, and feature planets, stars, the moon and other celestial phenomenon: here
  • We choose the moon – An interactive recreation of the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish (cool!): here


A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

Astrophysicists from the University of Zurich present the world’s first realistic simulation of the formation of our home galaxy.

After 34 years in space, NASA’s Voyager probes will soon cross the boundary of our solar system into interstellar space

This video explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the sun creates northern lights, also called aurora borealis, on our planet.

I hope you find it interesting!


So say we all!!