The Solar System is a gravitational bound collection of 8 plants; and their moons; in orbit around the Sun. The planets orbit the Sun at different distances due to its gravitational pull. In August 2006, Pluto was downgraded from a “planet” to a “dwarf” planet; thus not included in the planet objects.
Contents of the Planets of the Solar System Objects
The Sun is the centre of the Solar System. The order of the Planets of the Solar System Objects go from closest to the sun to the furthest away.
- these objects include the Sun as a “planet”, however, the Sun is actually a star
- the planets of the solar system objects, are small and work well in an activity describing their various orbits around the Sun.
- the objects are sold in a small plastic container to keep them safe and for display on the Montessori shelf.
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- Introduce the Child to the planets with the Solar System – 3 Part Cards
- Lunar View – Southern Hemisphere
- Lunar Viewer – Northern Hemisphere
Further Reading and References
- Read the blog; which includes a video; by St Andrews Montessori on Cultural & Science: The Solar System
- The Montessori Inspired Solar System Introduction is a blog post for teachers to get lesson ideas.