Lunar Landing Science Experiment Make Moon Dust PRINT and DIGITAL

LaFountaine of Knowledge
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3rd - 6th
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13 print, 16 digital
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In this science experiment, students combine flour and baby oil to create moon dust. Then, they use molds to create shapes and structures out of the moon dust and experiment with marbles or small rocks to form craters.

This download includes:

  • 6 slides of background information about the Apollo 11 voyage to the moon in 1969 and what they found there
  • 3 slides setting up the activity with student directions (and pictures!)
  • tips for teachers to help this experiment run smoothly, including discussion questions and extensions
  • a student response worksheet
  • a scoring rubric
  • a force copy link to a digital Google Slides version

Your students will love playing with their moon dust and you will love that they are learning about the moon at the same time! Check the preview file for a full look at this activity.

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Credits: Background photo and photos on page 3, 5, 7, and 8 were used with permission and sourced via Pixabay. All other photos were taken by Shea LaFountaine of LaFountaine of Knowledge. The border on page 13 was created by Marcelle's KG Zone and used with permission. Fonts used include: Amatic SC by Vernon Adams and Coming Soon by Open Window. Fonts used with permission under open source licenses. 

Total Pages
13 print, 16 digital
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.


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