When was the last time you recited the order of the planets of the solar system?
It’s been a while, right? So when we started working on learning the solar system with Pooh recently, I had to do a little…ahem…refreshing myself on the topic.
In the last few years, scientists have decided that Pluto no longer qualifies as a planet. I take great umbrage at this opinion.
Pluto has been a loyal planet to us for the past 80 years. Breaking up with it now just seems….wrong. Still, we must march along with the progress of science.
So, for those of you who could also use a refresher on the solar system, I decided to add a new entry to our free printable flashcards series: printable solar system flashcards!
Read on to see how to get your set for free!
And, for more about the solar system, don’t miss our All About the Solar System Printable Science Lesson and our roundup of beautiful Solar System Books for Kids!
Free Printable Flashcards: Solar System Flashcards
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This set of solar system flashcards includes ten cards:
- and Uranus
The goal is for kids to learn, not only the planets, but the other important members of the solar system and where they are located.
Plus, there are ten picture cards that help kids practice recognizing each planet – even without the name!
Simple Hands-On Solar System Learning Activity
Instead of just making the printable solar system flashcards, I wanted to show you a simple, hands-on activity you can use them to do.
If you have active (read: ADHD) kids or if you just want to add a little spice to your lesson, try this to help kids learn the order of the planets!
You’ll need the printed flashcard set, some masking tape, nine strands of yarn, and a flat surface. As you can see, the flashcards include cards with each planet name and cards without.
Use masking tape to secure each end of each strand to the surface. Try to get the yarn into a rough arc shape. We’re going for planetary orbit lines.
Then, have the kids lay out the planet cards in the right order, starting with the sun and progressing outward.
Pooh was having some trouble recalling the planet order, so we used the mnemonic device: My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos.
My – Mercury
Very – Venus
Eager – Earth
Mother – Mars
Just – Jupiter
Served – Saturn
Us – Uranus
Nachos – Neptune
It’s weird, but it works! Especially since I always seem to get Jupiter and Saturn backwards.
Naturally, we had to add the moon in there too. Be sure to remind kids that the sun and moon are NOT planets. I may have forgotten to make this distinction…lol.
All done! And in order, at that!
That’s the face of a kid who really thinks he’s accomplished something.
Once we finished labeling them all in order, we switched out the labeled cards for the blank ones and had Pooh recite them in order on his own. Once he remembered My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos, he was good.
This was definitely a fun way to learn about the planets of the solar system!
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For more posts featuring activities for learning about the solar system, check out the other posts from this week’s edition of the 2nd Grade Blogging Team!
Hands On Astronomy: Solar System in Playdough from Planet Smarty Pants
Blast-Off Number Line Math Practice from School Time Snippets
Solar System Matching Game from Life Over C’s
Outer Space Math Maze with ReGrouping from Sugar Aunts
Engineering Challenge: A Candy Solar System from Preschool Powol Packets