Graphic Organizer: Rocky and gas planets compared

Graphic Organizer:
Comparison of rocky and gas planets
Teacher PDF (91KB) As presented below
Student PDF (85KB) Pictures and blank chart
Rocky planets
Gas planets
Mars
Example:
Mars as seen in 2003
Uranus
Example:
Uranus and its faint rings
Also known as the terrestrial planets Also known as the Jovian planets
Include Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars Include Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
Composed of rock with solid surfaces upon which spacecraft can land Composed of thick, gaseous atmospheres with liquid interiors; spacecraft cannot land on these planets
Travel around the Sun in nearly circular paths Travel around the Sun in nearly circular paths
Found close to the Sun in the warmer region of the solar system Found far from the Sun in a colder region of our solar system
Small in size Large in size
Have few or no moons Have many moons
Do not have ring systems Have ring systems

Graphic Organizer: Rocky and gas planets compared