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Fifth Grade (Grade 5) Solar System Questions

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Grade 5 Planetary Motion
When the North Pole is tilted toward the Sun, it is                 in the Northern Hemisphere.
  1. summer
  2. winter
  3. spring
  4. fall
Grade 5 The Moon
The Moon's gravity causes                .
  1. tides
  2. phases
  3. lunar eclipses
Grade 5 The Moon
Which is the better estimate of how long it takes the Moon to orbit Earth?
  1. 1 day
  2. 1 month
Grade 5 Planetary Motion
The Moon casts a shadow on Earth during a(n)
  1. lunar eclipse.
  2. new moon.
  3. phase.
  4. solar eclipse.
Grade 5 Sun
Which star is closest to Earth?
  1. Orion
  2. the Sun
  3. the Moon
Grade 5 Planetary Motion
What is Earth's complete path of travel around the Sun?
  1. hemisphere
  2. revolution
  3. rotate
Grade 5 Inner Planets
The                 inner planets                 are the four planets of the solar system that are closest to the Sun - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
Grade 5 The Moon
The                 is a satellite of Earth.
  1. Moon
  2. Sun
  3. Sky
Grade 5 Planetary Motion
Large bodies that revolve around the Sun are called             planets             .
Grade 5 Planetary Motion
One year on Earth lasts 365 days.
Which of these definitions could be used for one year?
  1. The time it takes for Earth to go around the Sun once.
  2. The time it takes for the Moon to go around Earth 12 times.
  3. The time for Earth to spin once on its axis.
  4. The time for the Moon to complete all of its phases.
Grade 5 Solar System
The center of our solar system is                .
  1. the Milky Way
  2. the Sun
  3. Earth
Grade 5 The Moon
The Moon
  1. orbits around Earth.
  2. is orbited by Earth.
Grade 5 Small Bodies and Dwarf Planets
           Asteroid            is a small, rocky object that orbits the Sun.
Grade 5 The Moon
Which of the following BEST explains why there are more craters on the Moon than on Earth?
  1. Earth has an atmosphere.
  2. The Moon is smaller than Earth.
  3. Earth has rarely been struck by meteorites.
  4. The Moon has a weaker gravitational force.
Grade 5 Sun
                  is located at the center of our solar system.
  1. Earth
  2. The Sun
  3. The Moon
  4. The asteroid belt
Grade 5 The Moon
When Earth's shadow blocks the Moon, it is called a(n)
  1. solar eclipse.
  2. lunar eclipse.
  3. axis.
  4. phase.
Grade 5 Sun
What makes the Sun more important than other stars?
  1. Unlike other stars, the Sun is very large.
  2. When compared to other stars, the Sun is the hottest.
  3. Unlike other stars, the Sun is the right color for living things.
  4. When compared to other stars, the Sun is very close to Earth.
Grade 5 The Moon
The Moon shines because
  1. it is a star.
  2. it reflects light from the Sun.
Grade 5 Small Bodies and Dwarf Planets
What is a meteorite?
  1. a bright streak of light that passes through Earth's atmosphere
  2. large clouds of gas and dust in space that is the beginning or ending of a star
  3. a piece of a meteor that lands on Earth after passing through the atmosphere
  4. a group of stars that appear to make a pattern
Grade 5 Planetary Motion
The path Earth takes as it moves around the Sun in space:            orbit            
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