Resource Image Solar System: The Earth in Space
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Type of Resource: Science Object
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 based on 6 reviews
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Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School


Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach.This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the first of four Science Objects in the Solar System SciPack. It provides an understanding of where Earth is located in space and explores evidence used by astronomers to place Earth at this location. Earth is a relatively small planet and the third from the Sun in our solar system. The Sun is the central and largest body in the solar system. Our still-growing knowledge of the solar system comes to us in part by direct observation from Earth, including the use of optical, radio, and x-ray telescopes that are sensitive to a broad spectrum of information coming to us from space; computers that can undertake increasingly complicated calculations, find patterns in data, and support or reject theories about the origins of the solar system; and space probes that send back detailed pictures and other data from distant planets.

Ideas For Use


Getting to Know the Solar System
Posted in Earth and Space Science by Adah Stock on Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:39 AM

Ladies: This is great news that your students enjoyed learning about the solar system. I am glad you joined the discus...

Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Space exploration
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 2 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 2 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Earth Science
    • Objects in the sky
      • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
    • Earth in the solar system
      • The sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system. (5-8)

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User Reviews

Great resource!
  Eunice R on February 2, 2015
  This resource is wonderful and very helpful to students that are learning about the Solar System.

I Love Science Objects!
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on September 3, 2014
  I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Solar System: The Earth in Space Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only do they enrich my teaching, the knowledge enriches my life as well!.

Out of this World
  Josh (Thoreau, NM) on February 10, 2014
  I loved this presentation and all the information. It's got a lot of depth yet is simple enough for children to understand. The pictures and other visual aids were great and I learned a lot, which surprised me.

  Nancy (MANALAPAN, NJ) on July 30, 2012
  Good visuals that will keep students engaged

Yes, we live in a heliocentric system!
  Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD) on December 12, 2011
  From Copernicus to Kepler, this resource provides an excellent overview of observations of our solar system made by great scientists and mathematicians. This resource takes us on a journey from thinking of a ‘geocentric system’ to a ‘heliocentric system’; interactivity is useful in helping the viewer to see how as technologies developed, early astronomers were able to prove that Earth is only one of the planets that revolve around the sun.

History of Astrological discoveries are excellent
  Tammi on November 17, 2011
  Excellent overview of the various scientists which established the heliocentric model and of today's current technologies. I reduced my rating by one star due to the explanation of retrograde motion, which is introduced but requires another example to expand on the interactive already provided.