1. Our Solar System
Photo: planets and dwarf planets in our solar system (Creative Commons: NASA).
2. The Sun
Photo: the sun lies at the center of our solar system (© Clearviewstock).
Mercury is the smallest planet and the closest planet to the sun.
Photo: Mercury is a rocky planet (© Sabino Parente).
Venus is the second planet from the sun and similar to the earth is size.
Photo: Venus (© Sabino Parente).
Earth is the third planet from the sun and the only planet known to support life.
Photo: Earth (Creative Commons: NASA).
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and one of the four ‘rocky’ planets.
Photo: Mars (Creative Commons: Martin Bech).
Jupiter is the largest planet and is a gas giant.
Photo: Jupiter with its distinctive giant red spot (© Sabino Parente).
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and is a ringed gas giant.
Photo: Saturn with its distinctive rings (Creative Commons: NASA).
Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun also sports a thin ring.
Photo: Uranus with its ring (Creative Commons: NASA).
Neptune is the eighth and last planet in our solar system.
Photo: Neptune is the eighth planet and the last of the gas giants (© Sabino Parente).
11. Vocabulary Building
The following is a recommended list of words and their definitions for students.
12. Improving Your Reading and Thinking Skills
Think for a few moments. Try to recall the major ideas in this article. Try to answer the following questions to improve your reading comprehension.