Exploring the Moon
a Teacher's Guide with activities for Earth and Space Sciences

NASA Education Product EG-1997-10-116-HQ

(First published in 1994 as EP-306)

Available on-line from
NASA Educational Materials
NASA-JSC Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division.

Project Chief. G. Jeffrey Taylor

Managing Editor. Linda M.V. Martel

Designer. Brooks G. Bays, Jr.

Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai`i at Manoa

The materials in this 146-page book have been designed for use in upper elementary through high schools especially, but not exclusively, with the Lunar Sample Disk.

The book contains:

The 16-page teacher's guide is an easy to read background summary about the Moon. It tells the story of the Moon's geological history and how scientists try to decipher the story. The background information may be useful reading for students as well.

The activities are divided into three units titled Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and The Future. These correspond, at least roughly, to exercises that can be done before the Lunar Sample Disk arrives at your school (Pre-Apollo), while it is there (Learning from Apollo), and after it has been returned to NASA (The Future).

The length of time needed to complete an activity will vary according to the degree of difficulty and the development level of the students. Thus activities may take one to eight or more class periods.

Classroom activities promote problem-solving, communication skills, and teamwork. Each activity consists of teacher pages and reproducible student sheets.

Teacher pages begin with a statement of purpose and background information with answers specific to the activity. These are followed by sections on preparation, in-class suggestions, wrap-up ideas, and extensions. Words that are bolded appear in the Glossary.

Student sheets include a purpose statement, key words, list of materials, procedure, questions with space provided for answers, and charts. Key words are included in the Glossary. Materials for each activity are listed in order of use. They are bolded in the text of the procedure section as a memory aid for students.

The activities were tested by teachers in classrooms throughout the state of Hawaii. In particular, the following people contributed the activities in this book.
Kathy Chock. Lunalilo Elementary School; Pauline Higa, Mililani High School; Art Kimura, Future Flight Hawaii; Forrest Luke, Leilehua High School; Linda Martel, University of Hawaii; Dale Olive, Future Flight Hawaii; Kevin Polk, University of Hawaii; Randolph Scoville, Highlands Intermediate School; Liza Shigeta, Waipahu High School; Cheryl Shintani, Koloa Elementary School; Nancy Tashima, Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center; Jeff Taylor, University of Hawaii; and Arlene Yoshimura, Mililani Mauka Elementary School.

NASA Education Product EG-1997-10-116-HQ is available in its entirety on the web at NASA Educational Materials or from any NASA Teacher Resources Center nationwide. Individual activities can also be downloaded as .pdf files from NASA-JSC Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division.
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