Students love learning about space! Teaching the order of the planets from the sun is such a fun lesson, and students love making this Planet Flipbook. I created this flipbook as a hands-on way for students to learn the order of the planets, but also to pull in some fine motor skills practice.
To begin this activity, I introduce the sun and each planet, showing pictures and sharing interesting facts about each one.
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Next, I have prepared pre-made flip book templates and a page of circles to cut out (directions below). We used this construction paper.
I hand draw the different sized circles to represent each planet. Here’s what it looked like when glued down. I bet you can easily spot Jupiter!
Another option, instead of using blank circles for the planets, is to use this FREE PLANET SHEET (see below) and have students cut out each planet.
Once the sun is cut out, cut it in half to fit at the top of the flip book.
After the sun and planets are all glued down in the correct order, we write the names of each plant behind the flaps (using a white crayon). We use this flip book to give each other clues and play “Guess That Planet!”
Here’s a picture showing the dimensions of each flap for the flip book, starting from the top measuring down. This is a great project to have a parent volunteer prep for you!
There are tons of great sites for finding fun facts about the plants. One site that we have used and love is Planets for kids.
Here’s another fun activity we do showing the order of the planets from the sun and how they orbit. All you need is black construction paper, colored construction paper for the planets, a glue stick, scissors and a white crayon!