I am wondering whether I am teaching my kids this subject for them or for me. I know many of you know this already, but I didn’t learn until a few months ago that Pluto (the cutest, smallest planet) was no longer a planet. How unfair is that?
The people that told me, my husband and kids – since they already knew – didn’t have an answer to why it wasn’t a planet anymore. We were all curious. For me, to not just accept the answer my husband gave me, “it just isn’t”. I knew I wanted to discover why with the kids in a quick homeschool lesson. This one was perfect.
8 planets? That just boggles my mind when we were grilled as kids to memorize them all. I guess that is one less planet for our kids to memorize. NO more mnemonic – My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets. Maybe we can use My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nothing? That may have to do.
This instruction will explain everything you need to know about why Pluto is no longer a planet, including topics like:
- What is it called now?
- What led to this change in classification?
- Who made the change?
- What is the new definition of a planet?
- What is the name of other objects with the same classification as the new Pluto?
Find out all about why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore from Experience Astronomy.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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