Lessons and Activities About Space, Astronomy, Planets, and the Solar System - FamilyEducation


Find out-of-this-world activities, lessons, and facts about space, astronomy, and the planets. Teach your kids the science of the stars and gear up to watch upcoming space shuttles.

All About Astronomy

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Astronomy Activities

Astronomy Activities Since the first child looked up and pondered the heavens, kids acrossthe ages have gazed at the moon and stars with a timeless sense of aweand wonder. read more

Changes in the Earth's Surface: Family Activity

With this family activity, children and parents review vocabulary words about the changes in the Earth's surface and complete a home project to show how wind causes erosion. read more

Constellations Quiz

Test your knowledge of the stars in the night sky. read more

Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page

Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. Read about this famous astronaut and color in the picture. This printable includes a mini biography. It is a great activity for Black History Month or Women's History Month. read more

Eclipse Quiz

An eclipse is a rarity -- how much do you know about this celestial event? read more

Good Day, Sunshine! The Summer Solstice Quiz

Just what do they mean by the longest day, anyway? Test your solstice know-how. read more

International Space Station Quiz

When it comes to the International Space Station, are you a space cadet or a Captain Kirk? read more

John Glenn in Outer Space

How much do you know about John Glenn? Take this quiz -- you may learn a few things about this famous astronaut. read more

Learning About the Universe

Learning About the Universe The International Space Station. The Mars Climate Orbiter. The Mars Polar Lander. Hot news topics are great vehicles to boost your child's interest in science. Why not use the current developments in space to launch a new family tradition? Once a week, choose an intriguing topic and have the whole family investigate it. read more

Let's Explore Picture Writing

Children write a story using space related pictures. read more

Make a Sundial

Make a SundialMaterials 12 inch by 12 inch piece of heavy card stock Block of wood Thumb tacks Directions An old way to tell the time was to use the sun and the shadows it cast. You can make a sundial to put in your backyard that will tell you what time it is. read more

Mars Primer Quiz

How much do you know about our planetary neighbor Mars? Take our quiz and find out. read more

Mars Quiz

See how much you know about the planet Mars with this quiz. read more

Moon Rock FAQs

Moon Rock FAQsMen first set foot on the moon in 1969. Like tourists seeking souvenirs for the folks at home, they brought back some chunks of lunar land. What have we learned from the rocks they collected? Where are the moon rocks today? How can you get a look at them? Can you hold one in your hand? These and other questions are answered by one of the scientists who first studied the moon rocks in 1969. read more

Moons of the Solar System

There are more than 140 known moons throughout our solar system. Most are barren rock, while some have atmospheres, volcanoes, and maybe even oceans of liquid water or methane. Follow this slideshow to learn more about the moons of our solar system. read more

NASA Ships and Space Stations

Since its inception in 1958, NASA has built several lines of spaceships that made space exploration reality rather than a dream limited to science fiction, as well as two space stations that allow scientists to conduct research over long periods of time. This slideshow celebrates the engineering marvels that were borne out of the NASA space program. read more

Nighttime Binoculars

Nighttime Binoculars Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: read more

No Sun for You! The Winter Solstice Quiz

We're seeing less and less of the sun these days. Do you know why? Take our quiz. read more

Observatory Field Trip

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Our Solar System: In Order From the Sun

Our solar system consists of a bright yellow star, eight planets, nearly 150 moons, and thousands of smaller objects like asteroids and comets. If you wanted to see all eight planets from the Earth, all you need is a clear night and a pair of binoculars. That is basically how early astronomers observed the heavens before the invention of large land telescopes and then later space exploration itself. The development of orbital telescopes, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and interstellar probes has enhanced our knowledge of the universe enormously. read more

People in Space: The Pioneers

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to venture beyond Earth's atmosphere. Since his journey, about 450 people – astronauts, civilians, and "space tourists" – have explored space. Follow this slideshow to learn about notable firsts for space exploration. read more

Planets Word Scramble

Unscramble the letters and find the names of all nine planets in our solar system. read more

Quiz: Take the Leap!

Thirty days hath September . . . but what's the deal with February? Take our quiz! read more

Rocket Dot-to-Dot

Are you ready for a ride to outer space? Connect the dots to find out. read more

Science, Technology and Society: Earthquakes

Distribute a reading selection and an assignment on earthquake science, predictions, and safety. read more

Space Dance

Space DanceMaterials Balls or balloons Electronic music (e. g., The Planets by Horst) Directions read more

Space Quiz

This challenging quiz will test your knowledge on all things space. read more

Star Chart: Autumn Sky

The major constellations are shown so your children and you can get outside and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. read more