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Solar System Trading Cards, Jr. Edition
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This collection of cards depicts solar system objects such as planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and the Sun. Also included are cards with common misconceptions, Hubble trivia, online resources, and instructions for a game.

The front of each "game" card displays a color image of a solar system object; the back provides facts about the object in large, easy-to-read text, along with a question for the game. Just download the PDF, print, and fold in half to make each card. 

Description

"Solar System Trading Cards, Jr. Edition" is a collection of cards that depicts solar system objects such as planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and the Sun. Also included are cards with common misconceptions, Hubble trivia, online resources, and instructions for a game. The front of each "game" card displays a color image of a solar system object; the back provides facts about the object in large, easy-to-read text, along with a question for the game. Just download the PDF, print, and fold in half to make each card. Also available is the “About the Cards” PDF, which includes national education standards, more information about the game, and other uses for the cards.

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K-3, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
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How to use in the classroom

Teachers can use these Trading Cards as:

A content reading tool. Students can read the cards and play the round-robin “Solar System Card Game” to learn about objects in the solar system.

A group discussion tool. Use the “Did You Know” card to discuss the similarities and differences between objects in the solar system with students and identify student misconceptions.

A sorting and classifying activity. Students can use the information on the cards to identify properties of solar system objects and then sort and classify the cards based on these properties. Students can arrange the cards based on properties such as color, position from the Sun, composition, and number of moons. 

A pattern and property recognition activity. Using two decks of cards, students can play a memory game that can help students develop pattern and property recognition skills. Students begin by laying all cards image-side down on a floor or table. The object of the game is to turn cards over two at time to make as many matching pairs as possible. The game continues until all of the cards are matched. The player with the most pairs wins.

An extension activity. Once students have read the cards, they can do one or more of the following:


  • Students can think of other questions to ask about a particular solar system object. The teacher or student can record the questions.

  • Students can draw the entire solar system or just one solar system object.

  • Students can identify their favorite solar system object and explain why it is their favorite.

 

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