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The lessons below are teacher-favorite lessons focused on Earth's Moon. For more search options or to search by other science target, missions and other criteria, visit our Fast Lesson Finder. You can also search by curriculum standards on our popular Curriculum Standards Quilts.


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Lunar Nautics: Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon Educator Guide
Topic: Far Ranging Robots
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Earth's Moon

Short Description: The Lunar Nautics Educator Guide has 40 activities. This guide features lessons that address the basics of Newton's Laws of Motion, rocket design, microgravity, and the moon. Students will design, test and analyze a model lunar lander, a robot and a soda bottle rocket. Other activities include building edible models of spacecraft and a solar oven to cook hot dogs. Students can also build a microgravity sled as part of an underwater activity.


MoonKAM
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: GRAIL (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: GRAIL MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) allows classrooms to request pictures of the lunar surface from cameras on the twin GRAIL satellites. Students can use the images to study lunar features such as craters, highlands and maria while also learning about future landing sites. All who are part of a school or educational institution are welcome to register now!


On the Moon
Topic: Far Ranging Robots
Grade Level: K-4, 5-8, 9-12
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: This guide has six activities that bring engineering and NASA's moon missions to life. Some are applicable for elementary-aged students, and one is for high school students, but most are targeted for middle school students.


Space Math: LRO Makes a Temperature Map of the Lunar South Pole
Topic: Ice in the Solar System, Space Math
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: Students use the published LRO temperature map to study the scale of the south polar region, the sizes of its craters and estimate the volume of water-ice that may be present in Shackleton Crater.


Time Lineup
Topic: Evolving Worlds: Planets, Like People, Grow and Change Over Time
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Dwarf Planets, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon
Mission: ARTEMIS (Earth's Moon), Cassini (Saturn), Dawn (Dwarf Planets), Galileo (Jupiter), Hubble (Beyond Our Solar System), InSight (Mars), Juno (Jupiter), LADEE (Earth's Moon), Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon), MSL / Curiosity (Mars), MAVEN (Mars), MESSENGER (Mercury), Viking 01 (Mars), Viking 02 (Mars), Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System), WISE (Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students work in groups or as a class to determine the order of events that formed our solar system. This is an excellent activity to begin discussion of events that shaped the solar system and how Earth's geosphere and biosphere have changed -- in an interrelated manner -- through time.


Volcanos are a Blast: Working with Simple Equations
Topic: Space Math, Volcanism in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth, Earth's Moon
Mission: Cassini (Saturn), Earth Science (Earth), Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: Students examine the famous Krakatoa explosion, asteroid impacts on the moon and geysers on Enceladus (a moon of Saturn) using three equations that describe the height of the plume and initial velocity to answer questions about the speed of the debris and terminal height.


Water Found on the Moon
Topic: Water in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Chandrayaan-1 (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.

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