The Solar System (Grade 3)

Space, Galaxies, & the Universe
The Sun, the Moon, Planets (and their moons), and all objects that orbit the sun. 

J 520 SIM Destination Space by Seymour Simon: 2002
J 523.1 GIB Galaxies, Galaxies by Gail Gibbons: 2007
J 523.1 GAL Galaxies and the Universe by World Book: 2007
J 523.1 BAI Every Planet Has a Place by Becky Baines: 2008
J 523.2 GRA Stardust from Space by Monica Grady: 2007
J 523.2 KUD Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System by Kathleen V. Kudlinski: 2008
J 523.4 AUG 11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar: 2008
REF J 523 GAR Atlas of the Universe by Dr. Mark A. Garlick: 2008

The Planets Large objects orbiting the Solar System.
8 Planets, listed in the order from the Sun:

  1. Mercury
  2. Venus
  3. Earth
  4. Mars
  5. Jupiter
  6. Saturn
  7. Uranus
  8. Neptune

Mercury

J 523.4 MER Mercury and Venus by World Book: 2007
J 523.41 BIR The New Solar System: Mercury by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.41 COL Countdown to Space: Mercury the First Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.41 LAN A True Book: Mercury by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.41 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Mercury by Helen & David Orme: 2007

 

Venus
J 523.4 MER Mercury and Venus by World Book: 2007
J 523.42 BIR The New Solar System: Venus by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.42 COL Countdown to Space: Venus the Second Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.42 LAN A True Book: Venus by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.42 LOE Brightest in the Sky: The Planet Venus by Nancy Loewen: 2008
J 523.42 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Venus by Helen & David Orme: 2007

 

Earth
J 525 BIR The New Solar System: Earth by Robin Birch: 2008
J 525 COL Countdown to Space: Earth the Third Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 525 LAN A True Book: Earth by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 525 JEF Exploring Our Solar System: The Earth by David Jefferis: 2008
J 525 EAR Earth and Earth’s Moon by World Book: 2007
J 525 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Earth by Helen & David Orme: 2007

 

Mars
J 523.43 BIR The New Solar System: Mars By Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.43 COL Countdown to Space: Mars the Fourth Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.43 JEF Exploring Our Solar System: Mars by David Jefferis: 2008
J 523.43 LAN A True Book: Mars by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.43 LEE Messages from Mars by Loreen Leedy: 2006
J 523.43 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Mars by Helen & David Orme: 2007
J 523.43 MAR Mars by World Book: 2007

 

Jupiter
J 523.45 BIR The New Solar System: Jupiter by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.45 COL Countdown to Space: Jupiter the Fifth Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.45 LAN A True Book: Jupiter by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.45 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Jupiter by Helen & David Orme: 2007
J 523.45 JUP Jupiter, Ceres, and the Asteroids by World Book: 2007

 

Saturn
J 523.46 BIR The New Solar System: Saturn by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.46 COL Countdown to Space: Saturn the Sixth Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.46 LAN A True Book: Saturn by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.46 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Saturn by Helen & David Orme: 2007
J 523.46 SAT Saturn and Uranus by World Book: 2007

 

Uranus
J 523.46 SAT Saturn and Uranus by World Book: 2007
J 523.47 BIR The New Solar System: Uranus by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.47 COL Countdown to Space: Uranus the Seventh Planet by Michael Cole: 2001
J 523.47 LAN A True Book: Uranus by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.47 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Saturn by Helen & David Orme: 2007

 

Neptune
J 523.48 BIR The New Solar System: Neptune by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.48 COL Countdown to Space: Neptune the Eighth Planet by Michael Cole: 2002
J 523.48 LAN A True Book: Neptune by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.48 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore Neptune by Helen & David Orme: 2007
J 523.48 NEP Neptune and the Distant Dwarf Planets by World Book: 2007

 

What about Pluto?
In 2006, astronomers decided that Pluto was not a planet. They put Pluto in a new group called dwarf planets. 

J 523.48 LAN Pluto: From Planet to Dwarf by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.48 LAN Beyond Pluto: The Final Frontier in Space by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.482 SCO When is a Planet Not a Planet? By Elaine Scott: 2007

 

The Sun and Stars
Stars are made up of gas and dust. The Sun is a star and the only star we can see during the day. 

J 523.7 LAN The Sun by Elaine Landau: 2008
J 523.7 BIR The New Solar System: The Sun by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.7 BRA The Sun: Our Nearest Star by Franklyn M. Branley: 2002
J 523.7 JEF Exploring Our Solar System: The Sun by David Jefferis: 2008
J 523.7 ORM Space Launch: Let’s Explore the Sun by Helen & David Orme: 2007
J 523.7 SUN The Sun and Other Stars by World Book: 2007
J 523.8 BIR The New Solar System: Stars by Robin Birch: 2008
J 523.8 BRE What Are Stars? by Carmen Bredeson: 2008
J 523.8 HAY Starry Sky by Kate Hayden: 2006
J 523.8 NIC Discover the Stars by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson: 2006

 

The Moon
The Earth’s moon is the only moon that you can easily see. There are over 162 moons in the Earth’s solar system. 

J 523.3 JEF Humans in Space: Return to the Moon by David Jefferis & Mat Irvine: 2007
J 523.3 JEF Exploring Our Solar System: The Moon by David Jefferis: 2008
J 523.3 LAN The Moon by Elaine Landau: 2008.
J 523.3 MIT Eyewitness Books: Moon by Jacqueline Mitton: 2009
J 523.3 SIM The Moon by Seymour Simon: 2003
J 523.3 STE Why Does the Moon Change Shape? By Melissa Stewart: 2009

 

Astronauts
Famous astronauts from Ohio: John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and Judith Resnik 

J 629.45 BUC Space Heroes: Amazing Astronauts by James Buckley Jr.: 2004
J 629.45 BUR One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh: 2009
J 629.45 FLO Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca: 2009
J 629.45 HUM Human Space Exploration by World Book: 2007
J 629.45 JEF Race Into Space by David Jefferis: 2007
J BIO ALDRIN Astronaut Biographies: Buzz Aldrin by Amy Sterling Casil 2004
J BIO GLENN Godspeed, John Glenn by Richard Hilliard: 2006
J BIO RIDE Pioneering Astronaut: Sally Ride by Henry M. Holden: 2004

 

Fiction & Poetry 

J PICTURE ASTON The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston: 2008
J READERS BANKS Monkeys and the Universe by Kate Banks: 2009
J PICTURE BLUE Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden: 2009
J FICTION HAWKING George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy & Stephen Hawking and Christopher Galfard: 2007
J PICTURE MILGRIM Another Day in the Milky Way by David Milgrim: 2007
J PICTURE TODD A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z by Traci N. Todd: 2006
J 811 FLO Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian: 2007
J 811 SAL And Then There Were Eight: Poems About Space by Laura Purdie Salas: 2008

 

DVDs 

DVDNJ 500 EYE Eyewitness: Planets: 2004
DVDNJ 520 ALL Space Science for Children: All About the Sun: 2003
DVDNJ 520 CLO A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars: 2004
DVDNJ 520 SPA Space Exploration: Understanding the Universe: 2003
DVDNJ 520 SPA Space Exploration: The Inner Planets: 2003
DVDNJ 520 SPA Space Exploration: The Outer Planets: 2003
DVDNJ 520 SPA Space Exploration: Stars: 2003
DVDNJ 523.3 ALL Space Science for Children: All About the Moon: 2003
DVDNJ 523.3 CLO A Closer Look at the Moon: 2004
DVDNJ 523.4 ALL Space Science for Children: All About the Planets: 2003
DVDNJ 523.4 CLO A Closer Look at the Planets: 2004

 

Online Resources: Websites & Databases
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offers tons of great sites and resources

American Museum of Natural History

NASA’s Imagine the Universe

NASA StarChild

NASA Space Place

NASA Solar System Exploration

UCAR Windows to the Universe

 

Online databases are accessible from our homepage.

Kids Search

Searchasaurus

Student Research Center

Worldbook Kids



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