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2nd Grade Planet Book Project
Transcript of 2nd Grade Planet Book Project
A picture of the planet (you can either draw it or find a picture on the computer)
The order of the planet (what is the order of the planet in relation to the sun)
Physical characteristics of the planet (the color, its surface, etc.)
The size of the planet (more specifically the diameter or circumference)
Key characteristic(s) of the planet (what makes the planet stand out from the other planets) The order: 1st planet from the sun The order: 2nd planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: There are mountains, volcanoes and sand on its surface like Earth
The size: Its diameter is 7,523 miles
Key Characteristics: It is the brightest planet in the sky because it is so close to earth; it is actually very similar to earth because it too has an atmosphere and its almost the same size as earth; however, life cannot exist on this planet because it is way too hot and its atmostphere mostly contains carbon dioxide which is toxic The order: 7th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: It is known as the "ice giant" because it is possible that Uranus is made up of rock and ice and has a big rocky core; the presence of diamonds in or on its surface is also possible due to Uranus' "planetary pressure"
The size: It is the smallest of the gas planets; it's diameter is 31, 763miles
Key Characteristics: It too is a gas giant, but what really makes this planet stand out is the spinning it does on its side unlike the rest of the planets; it also has 13 known rings The order: 8th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: It is known to be a blue planet with some white thin clouds around its surface; like Jupiter, this planet also has a storm; it is called the "Great Dark Spot" because of a dark oval shape on its surface (the time of the storm's activitiy is unknown, as well as if it still exists)
The size: It is the smallest of the gas planets; its diamter is 30,775 miles
Key Characteristics: None of the other planets have winds as strong as Neptune's; its windy atmosphere may have something to do with the appearing and disappearing of storms; it also has 6 rings, which are more irregular than those of other planets Physical Characteristics: Craters cover its surface; its surface has also been shown to have land formations such as mountains, plains and valleys The size: Its diameter is 3,030 miles Key Characteristics: Mainly made up of iron; it has no moons; it is often called the "morning star" because you can see it from earth in the early morning; also, life cannot survive on this planet because there is no atmosphere and barely any air Earth The order: 3rd planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: 70% of the earth is covered by water, while 30% is covered by land
The size: Its diameter is 7,926 miles
Key Characteristics: This is the planet that animals and humans live on; the temperature, weather and atmosphere are just right to maintain and sustain life; earth actually has one moon called Luna that orbits it (we mainly see it at night) Mars The order: 4th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: Its surface is the color red; there is red dirt and rocks on its surface
The size: Its diameter is 4,222 miles
Key Characteristics: This planet too is similar to earth in that at one time, it was thought to have had rivers, lakes, streams and even an ocean; what makes this planet especially unique is that it has higher mountains and deeper canyons out of all of the other planets Jupiter The order: 5th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: It is a very colorful planet due to the different clouds and many storms found in this planet's atmosphere; there is also a storm on this planet visible by a "red spot" on its surface called "The Eye of Jupiter"
The size: This is the largest planet; its diameter is 88, 846 miles
Key Characteristics: This planet actually has 3 rings, which can only been seen when it is in front of the sun; in addition, this planet is the first of the "gas planets" and it is made up of hydrogen, helium, methane and ammonia Saturn The order: 6th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: It is considered to be a very beautiful planet due to its rings, 3 of which can be seen with a telescope; you can also see one of its whirlwind storms at its south pole with a very strong telescope
The size: It is the second-largest planet; its diameter is 74, 898 miles
Key Characteristics: It is the second of the gas giants; it is made up of the lightest elements, mostly hydrogen and helium, making it the lightest planet; in addition, it is not perfectly round like many of the other planets, rather; it appears wider in the center and more narrow close to its top and bottom because it spins very fast and is lightweight Pluto The order: 9th planet from the sun
Physical Characteristics: Since this planet is very small, it is difficult to see what it looks like, however; it is shown to be made up of 70% rock and 30% ice and also have polar ice caps; more specifically, its surface is made up of Nitrogen, solid methane and carbon monoxide
The size: It is a very small planet; its diameter is 1, 485 miles
Key Characteristics: Since this planet is so small, it is actually considered a "dwarf planet;" some scientists do not even consider Pluto a planet because of its small size; at times, because Pluto's orbit is more like the shape of an egg, it can orbit inside of Neptune's orbit, making Pluto closer to the Sun than Neptune Here is a video that goes over eight of the planets that we are learning about, including the sun Student Sample This will give you an idea of what your planet book will look like on the outside