Planets and Solar System

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

Students will create a mini poster with pictures and a ‘memory phrase’ to teach others the planets in order.

Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Subject: Science

Length of Time: 10 - 20 Minutes

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Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to name each planet.

Materials Needed

  • card stock
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • paint (optional)
  • list/pictures/drawings of planets


Opening to Lesson

Ask students if they ever use tricks to remember lists of things. Ask if they know the trick to remembering the colors of the rainbow in order. (ROY G. BIV). Some will respond. Ask if they have ever heard their parents say ‘righty tighty, lefty loosey’ when working around the house. These are all examples of using word tricks to remember a group of things in order.

Body of Lesson

  • Have students look at the example of ROY G. BIV again. Each letter stands for a color. There are other word tricks that we can use to remember lists in school. But today you are going to come up with one on your own. Your word trick or memory helper will be to teach others the planets in order, from the Sun. We want to come up with a funny phrase that uses the first letter of each planet to create new words, but help people remember the planets. Since you already know all the planets, let’s review which order they are in.
  • Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
  • If I were to try to remember these with a funny phrase I think it would be easier. So maybe I would use something like : My very empty mouth just screamed unusual noises
  • The phrase is sill, but it is one you will remember. What can you come up with.


Now that you have come up with a phrase, create a poster that shares your phrase and some related artwork. These posters will be displayed in the classroom and hallway so make sure they are neat and everything is spelled correctly.

Display posters and review phrases.

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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will show understanding by creating a memory aid that shares the planets in order from the Sun.

Modification & Differentiation

Offer to write planetary names for student. Work in small groups or one-on-one depending on needs. Use visual cues.

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