Astronomy Study Guide: Form 3-4 (grades 7-9)

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In this middle school astronomy study guide, students will be introduced to the principles and tools of the study of astronomy. It includes:

  • Reading assignments
  • Activities based on the reading
  • Recommended supplemental books, videos, and articles
  • Notebooking prompts
  • Discussion prompts
  • Suggested free reads if your student takes a particular interest in the topic covered
  • Links to current events
  • Weekly supply list, including printable resources
  • Exam questions

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This study guide is based on the book The Planets by Dava Sobel (2006).

You can find this book on Amazon through the above links, or search for a thorough internet search, or borrow it through

  • 231 pages, 12 chapters
  • Reading Level: 8 grade and up*
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Note: This book is too long to complete in one term, therefore certain chapters have been left out of the assigned reading. Students should feel free to read those chapters during their free time.

*This book is also available as a well-read audiobook which might be a nice option if the reading level is a bit difficult for your student. Look for it on OverDrive (where available through your public library,) (free with trial,) or

*This study guide would work well for a Form 4 (grade 9) student, as well. The reading level is well suited for that age, and the material covered is appropriate for this grade level.


This study guide includes 33 lessons, each requiring approximately 40 minutes. You can either schedule it:

  • Three times a week for 11 weeks allowing for exams during the 12th week, or
  • Once a week for an entire year, allowing time for exams at the end of each term, and including other science subjects on the other days of the week.

Sample Lessons:

Sample Lesson 2 Sample Lesson 7 Sample Lesson 12