Free Astronomy Worksheets – Middle School

Today, I have a few astronomy worksheets to share with you.  I made these for my older two (who are in grades 6 and 8).  Here are some of the astronomy topics we talked about:

  • What is an AU (astronomical unit)?
  • the layers of the Sun
  • the Sun’s atmosphere
  • solar flares, sunspots, flages
  • planetary orbits, Kepler’s Laws
  • asteroids, comets

Last week, I shared a free packet about the planets of the solar system. Those were geared more for younger kids. My older two were intrigued to find out more about black holes, quasars and things like that. We spent 20-30 minutes reading about all kinds of astronomy topics each day for a couple of weeks.

As I said in the last post, we read *a lot* of books for this unit!

Planets Solar System Books for KidsThe kids chose their own from a huge stack of library books. Plus, I had my older two read  Focus On Middle School Astronomy Student Textbook, which is a student textbook from Real Science 4 Kids (homeschool curriculum).

astronomy books middle schoolAs you can see in the picture to the right, we also have Space Science (affiliate link) by McDougal Littell (a publishing company that makes a lot of public school textbooks).  This science text is for grades 6-8. Chapters include: 1. Exploring Space 2. Earth, Moon, Sun 3. Our Solar System 4. Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.  It has some really good information that we’ll probably go into at a later date (such as the life cycles of stars) . (We’ve now moved on to a new science unit.)

If you use the astronomy notebook pages I made for the kids, you might want to get a book specifically about the Sun.  We used a number of different books about the Sun; this one was pretty good– Exploring the Sun (affiliate link) (it’s copyright is 2016).  But your public library probably has a number of books that will work as well.

We spent quite a bit of time talking about planets’ elliptical orbits (including the definition of an ellipse, etc.) and then spent a bit of time talking about asteroids, the asteroid belts, comets, etc.

We will probably need to come back to astronomy again at some point in the future as there were so many more topics we could explore!

These notebook pages are free to download if you can use them.  The answer sheets are included as well. 🙂 Enjoy! ~Liesl

Free Astronomy Worksheet Packet Middle School

Astronomy worksheets for middle schoolDon’t forget you can get our Planets of the Solar System pages free over at this post:

Free Planets of the Solar System Worksheets

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Other units we’ve done for Middle School:

Here are some of the middle school science units we’ve done in the past couple of years:

  • Earth Science – We did this on the elementary level several years ago and then did it on a middle school/early high school level when my oldest was in 9th grade. (Our packet has material suitable/adaptable for various levels… plus my kids *loved* all the hands-on activities at every age).

Earth Science UnitRecently, we reviewed the Layers of the Atmosphere

Layers of the Atmosphere Packet

and then went on to do a Weather Unit. (I did this last spring with my daughters who were in 6th and 9th and my son 11th grade joined in too because he needed a refresher on this material!) We covered

  • The Types of Clouds,
  • Weather Map Symbols,
  • High & Low Pressure Systems,
  • Global Winds, the Jet Stream, Local Winds,
  • Monsoons, el Niño and la Niña conditions,
  • Air masses (and how they are named), and
  • Cold fronts, warm fronts, occluded fronts

Clouds Winds Weather Worksheets - Packet

Properties of Matter – My youngest daughter did this unit again last year (she was in 6th grade).  We reviewed some of the material (below) about the Periodic Table as well.

Properties of Matter - Elements Compounds Mixtures - viscosity density and more

Chemistry – The Periodic Table – I wanted to be sure the kids understood the basics about the Periodic Table… about valence electrons, the various groups (Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Halogens, Noble Gases) as well as basics about atomic mass, ions, etc.

Chemistry Unit The Periodic Table Ions Isotopes Bohr Diagrams and more

Electricity and Circuits (boy, did my kids love this unit!) My youngest daughter did this unit again in 6th grade. Check out her squishy circuit… she roped her (public school) friends into doing these activities too!

Squishy Circuit FlowerElectricity UnitConductors and Insulators Squishy Circuits Activity Electricity and Circuits Hands On Activity Ideas

Cells Unit: We’ve covered the organelles of the cell and their functions, animal vs. plant cells, eukaryotic vs. prokaryotic cells, and more.

You can see our Biology BUNDLE of 5 here which includes the Biology Unit, Botany Unit, Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Unit, Cells Unit. and our Ocean Unit.

Cell Unit -- Plants vs Animal Cells -- Eurkaryotic vs Prokaryotic Cells OrganellesCell Organelles Worksheets Cell organelles worksheets Animal Cell Organelle Review Sheet

You can see our Biology BUNDLE of 5 here which includes the Biology Unit, Botany Unit, Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Unit, Cells Unit. and our Ocean Unit.

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit - Packet 60+pages

  • Biology Unit (actually this was more of an ecology unit on biomes, ecosystems, the food chain/food webs, biological relationships, etc.)

You can see our Biology BUNDLE of 5 here which includes the Biology Unit, Botany Unit, Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Unit, Cells Unit. and our Ocean Unit.

Biology Unit - biomes biological interactions

Biomes-Worksheets

Food Chain Food Web Food Pyramid Activties - Interactive Notebook Pages

symbiosis commensalism mutualism worksheets and activities

  • Ocean Unit (Note: I’m doing this with my youngest this year; she is in 7th grade.)

Ocean Unit Middle School Ocean worksheets marine habitats ocean features and more

We also covered some Botany Unit topics in the upper elementary and middle school years. For example, we spent time on the parts of the flower and parts of the seed.  This last year we went over the plant kingdom and the life cycle of the moss, fern and conifer/gymnosperms.  In 5th grade my daughter had done a unit on carnivorous plants (which is also included in our Botany Unit).  (These topics and the pictures you see below are all included in our Botany Unit.)

You can see our Biology BUNDLE of 5 here which includes the Biology Unit, Botany Unit, Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Unit, Cells Unit. and our Ocean Unit.

Parts of a Flower Parts of a Seed Worksheets and Notebook PagesBotany Unit - Worksheets and Notebook Pages - Plant Kingdom Moss Ferns conifers angiosperms Plant Classification Worksheets - Plant KingdomCarnivorous Plants Worksheets Notebook Pages Lapbook and More!

Human Body Systems: Each year, we pick one of the human body systems and go into depth about that.  Usually we start by reviewing the Body Systems in general (from cells to tissues, organs and systems) and then cover one of the major systems.  We generally do a lot of hands-on activities with these. 🙂 There are so many, I’m going to send you to this Human Body BUNDLE page if you are interested. There you’ll find lots of pictures of the materials on the Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Digestive System, Circulatory System, etc.

Human Body Systems BUNDLESkeletal System Unit Skeletal System Activities Bones Joints CartilageYou can find out more about all these packets (which are sold individually or in a bundle) here: Human Body BUNDLE page Muscular System Unit Worksheets and Hands-On Activitiesigestive-System-WorksheetsSmall intestines, liver gall bladder pancreas large intestines notebook pagesCirculatory System Worksheets and Activities

You might also want to check out this unit:

Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More! (This packet has been updated recently and is now  over 150 pages!)

In our Earth Science Unit where we talked about

  • Earth’s and the Solar System
  • the layers of the Earth
  • Geography Terms: Earth’s Axis and the Seasons; Latitude Longitude
  • Plate Movement Worksheets, Types of Plate Boundaries
  • the 3 types of faults
  • Earthquakes (we made our own earthquake shake table!)
  • 4 Types of Mountains Worksheets, 4 types of Volcanoes Worksheets, Parts of a Volcano Worksheet
  • plus we did over a dozen hands-on activities (and instructions are included)

Earth-Science-Packet 150 page - worksheets hands-on activities and more

Hands-On-Activities-EarthScienceUnit

Earth Science Unit - Layers of the Earth Activities Types of Volcanoes Worksheets - Interactive Notebook PagesEarth Science ActivitiesPlate-Boundaries-PangaeaVolcano Worksheets and Notebook PagesAtmosphere: We also spent quite a bit of time studying Earth’s atmosphere when we did our weather unit a couple of years ago. We reviewed the layers of the atmosphere as well. Click here to see the newly updated Layers of the Atmosphere Packet:Layers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook Pages

Layers of the Atmosphere Printable Activity Earth's Atmosphere Packet 50+ pagesRecently, we  spent time learning about Earth’s Magnetosphere. We spent time learning about magnets and magnetic spheres, talked about Earth’s magnetosphere and then spent time learning how animals navigate by sensing Earth’s magnetic fields.  (That portion was really neat because many of the latest discoveries have come in the past five years!) You can find out more at this post:  Magnetism Unit on Magnetic Fields, the Magnetosphere, and Animal Migration

Magnetism Unit - Magnets Magnetic Fields Magnetosphere Migration

Magnet Unit - the Magnetosphere Magnetic North - Making a CompassEarth's Magnetic Field and Animal Migration

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