Solar System Adventure

Language Arts/Science

Students will learn about the solar system and our galaxy, and then write a science fiction story based on what they discover.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Have students learn about the solar system, using library or Internet resources. (See Internet Resources below.)
  2. Introduce students to the Characteristics of Science Fiction. Lead a class discussion to be sure students understand the characteristics.
  3. Distribute a copy of the Science Fiction Story Starters to each student. (You may want to add your own or brainstorm some with your students.)
  4. Have students write science fiction stories describing adventures in outer space. They can use the story starters or write entirely original creations.

Internet Resources

The Nine8 Planets
This website has a comprehensive and highly praised overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images; some have sounds and movies; and most provide references to additional related information.
http://www.nineplanets.org/

An Inquirer's Guide To The Universe
This is a fascinating interactive exhibit created by the Franklin Institute Science Museum. See the Guide's Internet resources or investigate the Imaginary Planet Gallery, where you can publish your own science fiction story. This site also offers tips for educators on how to use its resources.
http://www.fi.edu/planets/planets.html

SPACE.com
SPACE.com has a fantastic multimedia presentation of the solar system that's well worth a visit.
http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imagegallery/igviewer.php?imgid=51&gid=4