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Chester W. Barrows School Library: Grade 3 Cereal Box Planet Project

Third Grade Cereal Box Planet Project

(This illustration shows the dwarf planets Ceres, Eris, Haumea, Makemake, and Pluto and their moons in comparative size to Earth and the moon. All of these dwarf planets are smaller than the moon.  ©UCAR/University of Michigan)

Here are your instructions from Mrs. Santos:

1st step:  Choose a planet (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) or dwarf-planet (Pluto).

2nd step:  Research your planet.  Record what you learn about your planet on index cards.  Each card must have two parts:  a) the question, b) the answer. 

Helpful websites:

Fact Monster: The Solar System
Scroll down to find your planet and then click on it. You'll find a great chart with quick facts on the planet.

 The Planets
Click on your planet. Look at the quick facts. Make sure you scroll down to look at all the information. It is great for finding other interesting facts.

Kids Astronomy
Click on your planet. Look on the right hand side of the screen to see some quick facts. Click on "More" to find more information.

  Nine Planets for Kids
Scroll down and click on your planet.

Important Project Information

(World Book diagram by Precision Graphics)

Here are all of the documents that you need to stay organized for this project!

IMPORTANT!  Each of the following contains all the instructions, directions, templates and expectations (rubric) that you need for this project!  You can print them out directly from the links below.

Find Information in a Book

We have books about many of the planets under call # 523. Look on the shelves under Natural Science (500s), check the catalog (see above), see what we have!


Call #: 523.2 SIM

 Simon, Seymour

Published 1992

Reading Level: 5.4  Interest Level: K-3

(descriptions courtesy of Follett)

Chester Barrows Library Catalog

If you  would like to look up any books or materials here at Chester Barrows, use the Library Catalog (all students grade 3 and above are familiar with it).  Look up by Subject, Keyword, Author, Title or Series.  Feel free to ask Mrs. Rose if you need any assistance.

Search Titles Search Authors Search Subjects Search Keywords Search Series
Advanced Search

WebPath Express

Webpath Express is a great way to find helpful, educational, high quality and non-commercial web sites for research and information.

Go to the Chester Barrows Library Catalog.  On the left side of the screen is a tab for Webpath Express.

From Webpath Express, you can filter by grade, domain, language, etc.  Have fun Digging in to Webpath Express!

Click HERE for Webpath Express at Chester Barrows School.  

World Book Student Encyclopedia


World Book Student should be your first stop (after your textbook, of course)

Just type the name (or planet) that you are researching into the box and click "Search"

(Make sure to spell it correctly!)

After you search for your topic, you can get help with your research by using the outline to the left of the article.

World Book Discover

World Book Discover is another excellent tool.  Type in your planet or topic in the search box and look for amazing pictures, photos, articles, etc.

World Book Kids

World Book Kids can help, too.  Type in your search term and be on the lookout for maps, facts, photos, articles, etc.

Click on the above icon to access AskRI, the best source of FREE information you could ever need!

AskRI: Rhode Island’s Statewide Reference Resource Center
 The answer to your questions

Find PLANET Information On Web Sites

(Thanks to Ms. Moore, Librarian at Stadium/Garden City Schools, for the following links)

Subject Guide

Sue Rose's picture
Sue Rose
Chester W. Barrows School
9 Beachmont Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905

Try these web sources for safe searches for images

Pictures Courtesy of World Book On Line


"Milky Way".  Artwork © Jon Lomberg and the National Air and Space Museum


"Solar System".  World Book illustration by Rob Wood


"Sun".  Photo credits:  NASA/Transition Region & Coronal Explorer


"Objects in the Solar System".  World Book illustration by Steven Karp



Citing Your Sources

You'll need one more notecard:  one where you cite the sources that you use for this project.

It's important to cite your sources, because you need to give credit to the people who put together the information that you are using.

For a website, it's pretty easy:

Take the entire URL (web address) of the website, and add this:  (Accessed [Date and year]).  We add the "Accessed" because information on the internet... tends to change.  You can't always find again what you found the first time.

Example: (Accessed February 5, 2015)

For a book, at this point, it's pretty easy:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name.  Title of Book.  (Year of Publication)

Year of Publication (called the copyright date) is on the page behind the Title Page (called the verso).  Ask Mrs.  Rose for help if you can't find it.

Example:  Simon, Seymour.  Jupiter.  (1999)

Questions?  Ask Mrs. Rose