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Jewel of the Solar System Afterschool Activity Guide

Jewel of the Solar System Afterschool Activity Guide


Kids love space and the excitement of solar system exploration! Aimed at youth in grades 4 through 5, Jewel of the Solar System gives youth and leaders a fun way to learn science and engineering through language and creative arts – in the context of exploring the planet Saturn. Using materials from your supply closet, follow an active, live robotic planetary exploration mission, NASA’s Cassini-Huygens, and help young learners make a personal connection to the excitement of scientific discovery and engineering design.

Follow the links below for a summary of each activity along with its corresponding PDF, which contains all the information, descriptions and lists of materials for each activity. Or download the full activity suite, here: Download for screen or printer use | Download for full-resolution color printing
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Front Matter

Discover all the activities found in the Jewel of the Solar System guide and see a list of required materials


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Activity 1: What do I See When I Picture Saturn?

Decorate your own Saturn Discovery Log, and make fun and interesting observations about Saturn.


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Activity 2: Where Are We in the Solar System?

Take a 'Walk on the Wild Size' through a model of the solar system to experience its vast size.


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Activity 3: Discovering Saturn, the Real 'Lord of the Rings'

Play a game to learn new things about Saturn, and express your new knowledge on a colorful poster.


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Activity 4: Saturn's Fascinating Features

Decorate and compose your own 3-D book of Saturn facts.


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Activity 5: My Spacecraft to Saturn

Design and build a model spacecraft to Saturn, and share it with the group.


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Activity 6: All About Titan and the Huygens Probe

Imagine yourself as a spacecraft and write a fictional story, poem or song about your journey.


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Activity 7: Drop Zone! Design and Test a Probe

Use creativity and problem-solving skills to design and drop a parachuted spacecraft.


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Activity 8: Celebrating Saturn and Cassini

Pull all your Saturn artwork, activities and fun together in a visual presentation and put your work on display for family and friends.


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Appendix

Learn the layout of this unit, and see our internet resource list.


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