The Solar System

Join us on our Tour of the Solar System!

We began by looking at the orbits of the planets. We learned that it takes Jupiter 12 Earth years to orbit the Sun. That means a third grader would be about 20 or 21 years old by the time it takes Jupiter to get all the way around the sun and back to where it is today!

First we drew the orbits on the chalkboard:

Next the orbits went onto our bulletin board (using yarn):

We read the book Postcards from Pluto

We set up a library of books on the Solar System for our research.

Here are some of the postcards from the book we read:

After writing our own postcards, we put a model on the board:

Here are some of the postcards we made:

We put our postcards up on our bulletin board!


Check out our weekly newsletters to read more about the adventures we have when Camp Linus Blasts Off!
(Click on a link below)

December 7, 2001: First Stop: The Moon

December 14, 2001: Next Stop: The Sun

December 21, 2001: Guest Speaker: Rocket Scientist

January 4, 2002: Next Stops: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, & Saturn

January 11, 2002: Next Stops: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

January 18, 2002: Martian Weather Report

January 18, 2002: Postcards from Pluto

January 18, 2002: T Chart - Comparing Mars to Earth

January 18, 2002: Orbiting around the Classroom

January 18, 2002: Titan 4 Launches 1/15/02

January 25, 2002: Blasting off into Reading Adventures

January 25, 2002: Jupiter's Weather Report

February 1, 2002: Mercury's Weather Report


For links to other destinations in the solar system,
click on the moon!

Click on the Beagle Scout to go back to Camp Linus!