teaching resource

The Solar System – Cut and Paste Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 3 pages | Grades: 3

A cut and paste activity where students make a mini solar system book.

A Mini Book of Planets

Students will demonstrate their fine motor skills and create a mini notebook to help them remember the order of the planets.


  1. Print pages 1 and 2 back-to-back, and choose to flip on the short edge. Print the page of planets single-sided. Use the ‘Actual size’ printer setting for the best results.
  2. Cut the mini book page in half along the solid cutting line.
  3. Fold along the fold lines to match the illustrations.
  4. Glue the matching letter pages together, joining the two halves with page ‘B’.
  5. Color the sun and the planets.
  6. Cut out the sun and the label and stick them on the first page inside the mini-book.
  7. Stick the planets in the correct order one to a page, including the back page of the mini-book.

To help students cut and paste the planets in the correct order, display the following poster.

Image of The Solar System to Scale

teaching resource

The Solar System to Scale

A poster showing the order, scale, and diameter of the planets in our Solar System.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 3 - 6


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