SC.5.E.5.2

Recognize the major common characteristics of all planets and compare/contrast the properties of inner and outer planets.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 5
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: Earth in Space and Time - Humans continue to explore Earth's place in space. Gravity and energy influence the formation of galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the Solar System, and Earth. Humankind's need to explore continues to lead to the development of knowledge and understanding of our Solar System.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020060: Science - Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
7720060: Access Science Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.5.E.5.In.2: Recognize major differences in the characteristics of the planets in the Solar System.
SC.5.E.5.Su.2: Recognize that surface of planet Earth is covered by water and land.
SC.5.E.5.Pa.2: Recognize Earth as the planet where we live.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Educational Games

Solar System Facts and Activities:

This is an interactive web site that provides games, text support, descriptions, and facts, with an abundance of information on the Sun, the planets, asteroids, comets, and meteorites.

Type: Educational Game

Astro Adventure (Earth, Space and Beyond):

This is a series of interactive modules on Engineering Interact, a free resource developed by the University of Cambridge Engineering department. It is a great whole group, small group, or individual interactive activity to explain a variety of concepts related to the solar system, including the rotation of the earth, what gives us our calendar, what causes the changes in seasons, how the planets are classified, and the phases of the moon.

Type: Educational Game

Taking a Voyage Away from Home:

In this printable lesson, K-2 Students create a model of the Sun and Earth. They also put together a simple puzzle of the solar system.

Type: Educational Game

Image/Photograph

Hubble Telescope:

This NASA sponsored site is an excellent resource covering the solar system, stars, galaxies, and more. It has a great library of images and videos. Many of these images were taken from the Hubble Telescope.

Type: Image/Photograph

Lesson Plans

One of These Days… Right to the Solar System!:

In this MEA, students have been asked by Space R Us to evaluate other planets in the solar system for possible human population. Students have to rank the planets in order and defend their choices.

Type: Lesson Plan

What's in a Name? Where am I in the Universe? Researching the Planets:

In this lesson, students will be challenged to use their knowledge of planets and the solar system to write a comparison paper. The intent of this lesson is not necessarily to be the initial introduction to the aligned science standard, but as more of a demonstration of knowledge gained through writing.

Type: Lesson Plan

Planetary Exploration - An Engineering Design Challenge:

This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help students research and investigate the characteristics of planets in our solar system for standard SC.5.E.5.2. It may also be used as introductory instruction of the content.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Closer Look of the Inner and Outer Planets:

In this lesson, students will research properties of the inner and outer planets in our Solar System. They will organize their research by creating a Solar System poster that displays a comparison between the planets.

Type: Lesson Plan

Designing a Scale Model of the Solar System:

In this lesson, students complete a paper model of the solar system that demonstrates both size and distance from the Sun.

Type: Lesson Plan

Margot's Venus:

This lesson incorporates Florida Standard elements while teaching the characteristics of Venus and the importance of the Sun to our existence.

Type: Lesson Plan

Project

Create Your Own Planet:

This activity can be used to evaluate students understanding of the characteristics of inner and outer planets. This activity allows the students to create their own planet with the appropriate characteristics. 

Type: Project

Teaching Idea

Jump To Jupiter:

Students help create and then navigate an outdoor course of the traditional "planets" (including dwarf planet Pluto), which are represented by small common objects.

Type: Teaching Idea

Text Resource

The Solar System:

This website provides an overview of objects in the solar system. The user can click on different links to learn about objects such as the inner and outer planets and minor bodies. It also includes a link to explorations and activities. This is the on-line version of the printed "StarDate: the solar system" guide.

Type: Text Resource

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Galaxies and Solar Systems:

The students will learn all about outer space in this lesson. They will make a model of a galaxy and learn the vocabulary that relates to this topic. The students will also learn how to classify a planet and describe its features. They will be taught about the Earth's position in the solar system as well as that of the other planets in our solar system. The students will also learn how to classify between the different objects that are in our solar system.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

Virtual Manipulatives

The Solar System:


This interesting game require the students to help the comet get to the sun, by answering some simple questions regarding to the solar system.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Solar System Exploration:

This resource provides an interactive tool for the exploration of the solar system. To navigate the interactive solar system move the mouse to hover the target over different objects, to learn more about each click to access images, information about scientists, homework help, articles, news, missions, time lines, and important facts.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

A Kid-Friendly Solar System:

This website is designed by NASA for student use, so it provides the most current, accurate information regarding the objects in our solar system. Each object in the solar system is available on the first screen. Click on any of the names of the objects, and it links to a description of the object.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

One of These Days… Right to the Solar System!:

In this MEA, students have been asked by Space R Us to evaluate other planets in the solar system for possible human population. Students have to rank the planets in order and defend their choices.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Virtual Manipulatives

The Solar System:


This interesting game require the students to help the comet get to the sun, by answering some simple questions regarding to the solar system.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Solar System Exploration:

This resource provides an interactive tool for the exploration of the solar system. To navigate the interactive solar system move the mouse to hover the target over different objects, to learn more about each click to access images, information about scientists, homework help, articles, news, missions, time lines, and important facts.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

A Kid-Friendly Solar System:

This website is designed by NASA for student use, so it provides the most current, accurate information regarding the objects in our solar system. Each object in the solar system is available on the first screen. Click on any of the names of the objects, and it links to a description of the object.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Educational Game

Astro Adventure (Earth, Space and Beyond):

This is a series of interactive modules on Engineering Interact, a free resource developed by the University of Cambridge Engineering department. It is a great whole group, small group, or individual interactive activity to explain a variety of concepts related to the solar system, including the rotation of the earth, what gives us our calendar, what causes the changes in seasons, how the planets are classified, and the phases of the moon.

Type: Educational Game

Virtual Manipulative

The Solar System:


This interesting game require the students to help the comet get to the sun, by answering some simple questions regarding to the solar system.

Type: Virtual Manipulative