At the website http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Space/Look for Astronomy – Surfin’ Through the Solar System. This is a complete unit for 3rd grade Solar System Exploration. The standards are for Arkansas but could be reworked for CA.
http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci067.html is a role playing activity for 3rd grade that demonstrates concept of revolution, rotation and orbit. CA Earth Science Standards 4d,e.
As The World Turns: a role playing activity demonstrating the motions of Earth as it revolves around the Sun. (Grade 3) CA Earth Science Standards 4d,e. It is located at http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview?LPid=2351.
The Universe at Your Fingertips Activities: C-1, C-4, C-10, C-11 (Grades 3-9) is a resource notebook prepared by the Astronomy Society of the Pacific and is part of Project ASTRO. You can order the resource notebook from this website, http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astro/astropubs/universe.html. The lessons are very good and are inquiry in nature.
(Grade 5); CA Earth Science Standard 5b
This is a review activity where students drag images of planets into their correct order and classifying the planets according to their location in the Solar System. Uses Kidspiration or Inspiration software.
Lesson: Kidspiration Version,