The Solar System, located in the Milky Way Galaxy, is our celestial neighborhood. Our Solar System consists of 8 planets, several dwarf planets, dozens of moons, and millions of asteroids, comets, and meteorids. They are all bound by gravity to the Sun, which is the star at the center of the Solar System.

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Planet Game

    Upcycle jar lids into a fun game to explore the planets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_43cr_oSsw&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=15 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Solar System, Space, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Use Recycled Paper to Make a Model Earth

    Use newspaper and paint to create a model of planet Earth that you can play with

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_cuIoqQG6k&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=7 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Astronomy, Solar System, Space

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: Pluto’s Secret

    In this special author session; Margaret Weitekamp reads the book; Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery

    https://youtu.be/0bKXCaD4toc Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Dwarf planets, People, Science, Small solar system bodies, Solar System

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: The Day the Earth Stopped Spinning

    This story is about the orbiting and revolving Earth.

    https://youtu.be/ABY6SD0FMMg Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Astronomy, Solar System, Space, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: Family of the Sun

    Family of the Sun; which tells the story of the planets in our solar system. After the story; do a craft to make a solar system playset.

    https://youtu.be/HuOJNeYG6jk Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Astronomy, Aviation, Solar System, Space, Uncrewed spaceflight

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: Mission to Mars

    We return to our three friends as they imagine what it would be like to plan a trip; build a rocket; and travel on a mission to Mars.

    https://youtu.be/bNfrt_SumRY Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Human spaceflight, Rockets, Science, Solar System, Space

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