Discovering the Moon
Monday August 27, 2012
The goal of Discover the Moon is to introduce students to the Moon as a dynamic celestial
neighbor that has inspired awe and curiosity over the ages, and is worthy of inquiry and study.
Quiz, investigation 3
1. Bell Ringer: Composition Journal
2. What questions do you have about the moon? What do you know about the moon?
3. Lesson: Discuss the importance of owning their classwork. Discuss how to make up
questions and learn from those questions.
4. Each student will come up with one question they want answered about the Moon.
Collect the questions, read them out loud. Discuss how to manage the developed
question and discuss how to place them categories.
5. Discuss Lunar Mythology. Read Moon Father, page 54 Discuss the workings of
writing their own tale.
Pass out extra Credit Phases of the Moon Due Sept 27, 2012
Tuesday August 28, 2012
Students study a photograph of the “full Moon,” becoming familiar with its most prominent
features. Each student then writes inquiry questions about the Moon, which students evaluate in
their groups to select the best five. Students read Moon myth 2, Rona on the Moon, and learn to
see the image of Rona on the full Moon. Students organize the class questions about the Moon
into categories, which are then used as a syllabus for their continuing study of the Moon.
Students read Moon myth 3.
1. Bell Ringer: complete the phases of the moon flip book
2. Lesson: Moon question organization and Moon Picture Observation
3. Moon Picture for Observation
4. Questions and Comments about the surface of the Moon
5. Group questions
6. Read Lunar Myth: Rona in the Moon, pg 55and Lunar Myth 3 Moon and His Sister,
Wednesday August 29, 2012
Students read Moon myths 4 and 5, and then write a modern myth of their own that conveys an
explanation of some aspect of the Moon’s appearance or behavior.
Bell Ringer: What aspect of the Moon do you want to write a myth about, what characters do
you have in mind? What is the setting? Where and when is it going to take place?
Lesson: Read Lunar Myth 4 the Tale of the Rabbit p57 to the class. Have students partner read
Lunar myth 5 Bahloo, Moon Man pg58
Discuss the way to build the story line. Have students go back and reread their all the myths and
come up with their own myth. Students can recreate one of the myths into their own. Students
will be given time to start their myth.
Thursday August 30, 2012
The goal of Moon Craters is to understand impact as one of the major processes that shapes and
changes the surface of planets and satellites.
Bell Ringer: Work on Lunar Myths
Lesson Objective: The Moon Crater Controversy
Students participate in a historical dialog between two scientists on the controversy about the
origin of lunar craters–are they volcanic or artifacts of impact? Students then conduct some
exploratory experiments using marbles and flour to find out if flying objects can produce craters.
Lesson: Review some of the Moon’s features
Landforms of the Moon Thumbnails for the Moon Landforms
Craters on the Moon Images of Craters
Moon Rocks and Minerals Images and examples of rocks and minerals
Friday August 31, 2012
Bell Ringer: Work on Lunar Myths, Due Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012
Students conduct controlled experiments to discover the relationship between meteoroid speed
and crater diameter and ray length. They collect data and graph the results in order to establish a
Model Impact Craters
Crater-Diameter and ray-length Graphs