Enrichment: Ask your students to pick two outer planets. Have them go to the library and research the two outer planets they picked. Direct them to write a compare and contrast essay on the two planets. Ask your students to write at least one similarity and two differences about the two planets. Instruct them to use at least two books to find information.
Support: Give each student four index cards. Ask them to use their worksheets from explicit instruction and their planet books to write information about the planets on the index cards. Tell them to use one card for each planet.
Conduct a short quiz on the outer planets. Potential questions include: Name the four outer planets. Which planet is known for its ring? Which is the third largest planet in the solar system? Which is the eighth planet from the sun?
Review and closing
Ask your students to complete the Planet Scramble worksheet.