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Earth, Sun and Moon 1

In this worksheet, students will answer basic questions about the Earth, sun and moon and how we see them.

'Earth, Sun and Moon 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Earth and Space

Curriculum subtopic:   Movement of Earth and the Planets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sun Earth Moon
SUN EARTH MOON

 

We live on a beauriful planet, the Earth, which travels around a burning ball of gas: the sun. As we travel around the sun, the moon travels around the Earth.

 

The Earth spins as it ORBITS the sun. The moon spins as it ORBITS the Earth.

 

Let's find out more.

The Earth is... 

round like a ring doughnut

flat like a pancake

a sphere like a beach ball

a cylinder like a can of soup

The Earth is...

solid on the outside and liquid in the middle

liquid on the outside and solid in the middle

solid all the way through

liquid all the way through

Planet Earth is made of...

water

gas

rock

Starting with the smallest, which list shows the Earth, sun and moon in order of size?

Earth, sun, moon

Earth, moon, sun

moon, Earth, sun

moon, sun, Earth

The moon is made of...

cheese

rock

gas

When we look up into the sky, the sun and the moon look the same size. This is because...

they are the same size

they are the same distance away

we need glasses

the sun is a bit further away

the sun is a lot further away

Which is true?

The moon is a source of light.

The moon reflects light from the sun.

The sun is shaped like a...

CD

rugby ball

football

we can't tell because it's too far away!

The sun is a... 

planet

star

solar system

galaxy

We can only see the moon in the sky at night.

 

Is this true or false?

True

False

  • Question 1

The Earth is... 

CORRECT ANSWER
a sphere like a beach ball
EDDIE SAYS
Yes, terms like 'round', 'circle' and 'sphere' can be a little confusing, so understanding that a sphere is like a ball is really hepful. Seeing the Earth from space helps us to really understand that - as you can understand why, for ages, humans thought the Earth was flat.
  • Question 2

The Earth is...

CORRECT ANSWER
solid on the outside and liquid in the middle
EDDIE SAYS
Wherever we dig down on Earth, we find rock, including under the seas and oceans. If we travel further towards the centre of the Earth we find liquid rock, which is at a very high temperature.
  • Question 3

Planet Earth is made of...

CORRECT ANSWER
rock
EDDIE SAYS
There are gases and water on our planet, but the Earth is a lump of rock!
  • Question 4

Starting with the smallest, which list shows the Earth, sun and moon in order of size?

CORRECT ANSWER
moon, Earth, sun
EDDIE SAYS
Isn't it a wonderful quirk of our solar system that, from the Earth, the moon and sun appear to be about the same size? That means we get the wonder of a solar eclipse as the moon nearly blocks out all the sun's light. But, of course, the sun is a lot further away from us than the moon, so it's way bigger than either Earth or moon.
  • Question 5

The moon is made of...

CORRECT ANSWER
rock
EDDIE SAYS
The moon is also a lump of rock travelling through space. Mind you, Wallace and Gromit had to travel to the moon to find out whether it was made of cheese (Wallace likes cheese!).
  • Question 6

When we look up into the sky, the sun and the moon look the same size. This is because...

CORRECT ANSWER
the sun is a lot further away
EDDIE SAYS
As mentioned earlier, the sun appears to be the same size as the moon because it is a lot further away. BUT REMEMBER!! NEVER look directly at the sun because it can damage your eyes.
  • Question 7

Which is true?

CORRECT ANSWER
The moon reflects light from the sun.
EDDIE SAYS
Moonlight is light from the sun which bounces off the moon. The moon is not a light source.
  • Question 8

The sun is shaped like a...

CORRECT ANSWER
football
EDDIE SAYS
The sun is a sphere, like a football, but it's a very BIG sphere! In fact, believe it or not, about 1 million Earths would fit inside the sun - now that's BIG!
  • Question 9

The sun is a... 

CORRECT ANSWER
star
EDDIE SAYS
Stars give out light. Planets and moons reflect light. The sun is basically a massive nuclear explosion which will go on for many millions of years yet - that's why light and heat is always streaming from it.
  • Question 10

We can only see the moon in the sky at night.

 

Is this true or false?

CORRECT ANSWER
False
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes the moon is visible during the day. Keep a look-out for the moon during daylight!
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