Planets Mobile

Lesson #5202

Decorate planets for an out-of-this-world solar system mobile.

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

Young students create colorful, whimsical planets, while older ones replicate actual planetary characteristics. Discuss the unique physical properties of each planet and the effect of the sun's gravitational pull. Remember to reflect on the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet.

Create a simpler version of the night sky with the Clouds, Moon, Stars and Sun. Challenge students to create stories about the night sky and share with the class. Students may also keep a journal of the night sky, documenting nightly notes with photographs or drawings.

Create a solar system mobile to demonstrate the sun and planets in the solar system.

14696-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Space Shuttle #2 - Large 14710-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Spiral - Large 26187-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Planets #3 - Large 26189-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Planets #4 - Large A10129-Sizzix Bigz Die - Clouds A10185-Sizzix Bigz Die - Sun A10338-Sizzix Bigz Die - Moon & Star A10648-Sizzix Bigz Die - Stars, 4-Up A10693-Sizzix Bigz Die - Spiral A10723-Sizzix Bigz Die - Planets #1 A10724-Sizzix Bigz Die - Planets #2 A10755-Sizzix Bigz Die - Space Shuttle A10845-Sizzix Bigz Die Set - Teacher's Must-Have Set (6 Die Set)

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Glue, Double-Sided Tape, Stickers, Thread, Kite Twine, Fishing Line, Ribbon, Yarn

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Large Spiral from poster or tag board and punch holes along the Spiral to suspend the Planets (Figure A).
  2. Cut an 8" length of ribbon, yarn or twine. Fold the ribbon in half and make a large knot with the two ends. Pull the ribbon from the underneath, through the center hole in the Spiral until the knot is tight against the Spiral. Use the ribbon to hang the mobile (Figure B).
  3. Die-cut multiple colors of each Planet using cardstock, construction or patterned paper. Each die-cut on a mobile or spiral will be displayed as a mirror image. Cut multiple layers with the faces of the paper directly on the die rubber. A second set of each Planet will be cut with the faces of the paper away from the rubber. This will be the front and back of each Planet. Follow these instructions to die-cut additonal shapes for added interest to the mobile.
  4. To layer, leave one shape whole and cut highlights from other shapes. Use glue, double-sided tape or other adhesive to layer (Figure C).
  5. Tape a 12" length of thread, kite string or fishing line to the back of a decorated Planet. Tape or glue the matching decorated Planet to the back of the first Planet, sandwiching the thread between. The thread should extend from the top middle of the decorated Planet (Figure D).
  6. Pull the thread from the underneath through a hole in the Spiral. Place a sticker over the thread and hole to secure it in place (See Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

Science: Earth and Space Science

  • As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of objects in the sky.
  • As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of earth in the solar system.

Source: National Science Education Standards

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