YEAR 5 - SOLAR SYSTEM
PALMS 5 Activities - Full Book
The entire PALMS 5 activity book can be downloaded by clicking here (please note the loading time may be long). If you would like to download activity by activity please scroll down (below the STEM project)
PALMS 5 STEM Project
The PALMS 5 STEM project asks students to consider how dust impacts us both on Earth and in Space. This project can be customised to your class' needs and interests using the project map and other resources in the Teacher's Guide (click here to download). Students are provided guidance, research support and frameworks for experiments and design challenges in the Student Booklet (click here to download).
We recommend introducing STEM and what STEM skills look like using our thought provoking activities (click here to download).
PALMS 5 STEM Project - Digital Version
Our Dust STEM project is now available in a more interactive format, that can be completed almost anywhere. Supported by a Projects Guide (click here to view and download), Background Research booklet (click here to view and download) and Research Guide (click here to view and download) students can tackle one or all of the following challenges:
Dusty Leaves (click here to view and download)
Clean Solar Panels (click here to view and download)
Rover Design (click here to view and download)
Monitor Dust (click here to view and download)
Dust Behaviour (click here to view and download)
PALMS 5 Package - By Activity
Activities can be accessed individually below.
An introduction to the Year 5 package and its links to the Australian Curriculum.
A demonstration to introduce the concept of our expanding universe.
A series of activities to allow students to explore static electricity and its role in forming our universe.
Activities to explore gravity and its role in the formation of our universe.
A research task to examine the shape of planetary bodies.
An exploration of the concept 'we are star stuff'.
An activity around the names of the planets and devices to remember them.
A research and presentation activity around the planets in our solar system.
An examination of the decision for Pluto's demotion from planet status.
An activity to go with a great TED talk about living and working in very different time zones!
The story of Nicolaus Copernicus and how STEM was used to find and honour him centuries after his death.
A fantastic demonstration of how planetary paths become more elliptical as you move further away from the Sun.
An activity to examine the distances between things in our universe and the measurements used.
A great way to experience the vast distances between objects in our universe.
An investigation to examine where the energy for life and other processes comes from on our planet.
An investigation into temperature and enzymes (and just how important temperature is to life on Earth)
An activity to discover magnetism and why it is so very important to life on Earth.
The changing beliefs around our solar system.
Students mark a homework activity - do they know how to follow a marking key?
What's your universal address? Would aliens be able to find you?
A PALMS Parent Power activity - an opportunity to learn how to navigate like our ancestors did, using the stars.