Learning About The Planets – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™


Our solar system is a finely tuned marvel full of things we can learn. Your students can explore the incredible planets that make up our solar system, including Earth, with Learning About The Planets, a Notebook Companion™ to The Planets by Gail Gibbons, sold separately.

For grades K-3 | Primary dashed lines for beginning writers | 68 black & white pages | This is a digital only resource.

*Digital Product - purchase one per household only.

Learning About The Planets - A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™


The planets have intrigued people since ancient times. In modern times, advances in technology have enabled us to learn many things about the planets we share our solar system with, but there is still so much to discover.

Help your kids learn about what makes each planet unique with Learning About The Planets. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to some of the wonders of space. You don’t have to mess with prep-work. Just get a copy of The Planets by Gail Gibbons (sold separately) and Learning About The Planets and follow them together at a pace that fits your family.

What Students Will Learn

The book and Notebook Companion™ look at how a star and a planet are different, which planets ancient people knew about, which ones scientists discovered in modern times, which planet was reclassified as a dwarf planet, what an orbit is, how days and years are different on each planet, the tremendous difference in the size of the planets, each of the eight planets and Pluto, some of the most important moons in the solar system, and more!

Students will practice written narration as they answer our open-ended questions about what they are learning. They’ll also get to draw, sketch, and label various illustrations of each planet, the solar system, and more. Bonus coloring pages are also included!

Science Topics Covered:

  • planets and stars
  • ancient people who studied the planets
  • solar system
  • orbits
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth and its moon
  • Mars and man’s exploration of Mars
  • Jupiter, the Great Red Spot, Ganymede, and Io
  • Saturn, its rings, and Titan
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto and Charon

The Planets by Gail Gibbons

Our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ accompanies The Planets by Gail Gibbons.

From burning surfaces to the freezing darkness, Gail Gibbons shows children how planets differ from one another in size, shape, and orbit.

Since its original release in 1993, The Planets has been a favorite resource for teaching young kids about our solar system. With her signature blend of bright, clear illustrations and easy-to-read text, Gail Gibbons takes readers on a tour through our solar system, showing off the differences between the planets.

From the scorching heat of Venus to the frigid cold of Neptune, she reveals what makes the planets so unique. Each spread includes fascinating facts about the planet’s composition, behavior, and moons.

The Planets by Gail Gibbons

The Planets is a required book for our Notebook Companion™ and is sold separately. The Planets by Gail Gibbons is available at the publisher’s website or anywhere books are sold.

Beginner’s Notebook Companion™

This beginner’s notebook is a great way to introduce kids to the idea and practice of notebooking, and you can customize it as much as you wish. It’s completely flexible, allowing for use with very young children through middle elementary grades.

Other Notebook Companions™ in the Gail Gibbons Series


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