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Classifying Objects in the Solar System (Developed by SEPUP)

kit #352S

Students use sets of LAB-AIDS®/SEPUP cards to identify different kinds of objects found in space, with a focus on those observed in our Solar System. The cards contain comparable characteristics of the different objects and students use this information to develop a system of classification. They then compare their own classification system with the standard system used by astronomers. Students then apply their knowledge by analyzing the reasons for the reclassification of Pluto and deciding whether they think it should be classified as a planet or a dwarf planet.


  • The Sun, Earth and other planets, moons, and smaller objects make up the Solar System
  • Space objects are grouped into categories by such characteristics as size, composition, and motion in space
  • One way to gather data is through direct observations. Accurate and complete observations are important for making conclusions about the natural world

Content List in Classifying Objects in the Solar System (Developed by SEPUP) is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher’s Guide
28 Student Worksheet and Guides
6 Space Object Classification Cards, Set of 8 LAB-AIDS®
6 Space Object Data Cards, Set of 24 LAB-AIDS®
1 Transparency: Space Objects
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 6 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one to two ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Classifying Objects in the Solar System (Developed by SEPUP) 352S $92.65
ADD A GROUP for Classifying Objects in the Solar System 352SEL $15.40