Crash Course Kids – Space Science Playlist YouTube Guide


This Crash Course Kids – Space Science Playlist YouTube Guide focuses on The Sun and Its Influence on Earth.  Challenges students to get the most out of these 14 entertaining, short, yet substantive videos.

Discover the forces and principles that define our universe, focusing on gravity’s pivotal role. Uncover how energy travels from the sun to Earth, the transformations within the solar system, and the intriguing science behind Earth’s rotation and revolution. Learn about the seasonal changes influenced by the sun, the concept of food chains supported by sunlight, and the fundamental principles of orbits. Introduce your students in a short engaging way to the fascinating weather patterns of space, exploring the conditions on other planets and the potential for life beyond Earth.

This resource is a life-saver for multiple period, or multi-day substitutes. It can also be used as home school curriculum for self-directed study or extra credit assignments.


Space Science – Here Comes the Sun – YouTube Guide [Free Download]

See if the first episode in this playlist will meet your needs.

This Crash Course Kids – Space Science Playlist YouTube Guide includes:

  • An Answer Key w/ NGSS & CCSS Alignment (PDF – 7 Pages)
  • A Student Movie Guide (PDF – 7 Pages)
  • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (38 Slides)
  • Admin Movie Request, NGSS & CCSS alignment for entire playlist, Permission Slip (2 Pages)
  • A free resources and ‘About’ section (8 Pages – Not included in the page count for this product)

Check the preview file for high resolution sample questions to see if this guide is suitable for your students. Each episode in the resource has its own 1 page worksheet that consists of 3 vocabulary words, a big ideas questions, a reflection question and an extension question. These though-provoking short answers target critical thinking and higher levels of blooms taxonomy and DOK schema in an effort to do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This Crash Course Kids – Space Science Playlist YouTube Guide is meant to supplement viewing of the following YouTube videos.

  1. Here Comes the Sun: Crash Course Kids #5.1
  2. Vegetation Transformation: Crash Course Kids #5.2
  3. Earth’s Rotation & Revolution: Crash Course Kids #8.1
  4. Following the Sun: Crash Course Kids #8.2
  5. Seasons and the Sun: Crash Course Kids #11.1
  6. Why No Polar Pineapples: Crash Course Kids #11.2
  7. Seeing Stars: Crash Course Kids #20.1
  8. Glow On: Crash Course Kids #20.2
  9. Everything Revolves Around You: Crash Course Kids #22.1
  10. Orbits are Odd: Crash Course Kids #22.2
  11. Weather In Space (the Rocky Planets): Crash Course Kids #43.1
  12. Gas Giants Weather: Crash Course Kids #43.2
  13. Life on Other Planets: Crash Course Kids #45.1
  14. Planetary Plants: Crash Course Kids #45.2

General Tips

  • Print one, double-sided video guide for each student
  • Preview the next question on the video guide as you complete each one, this can help students pay attention to important upcoming events.
  • Pause at the half way point as designated on the video guide, encourage students to debate, discuss and talk about their ideas before writing their answers.
  • Discourage students from simply copying answers.
  • Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.
  • If time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie again for additional analysis.
  • On average, this video guide will require about 20 minutes total.

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