The core of this lesson plan is;
EXERCISE You are on the moon.
It is a work sheet, but best used a guided classroom activity. This is a very new idea, “you are on the moon” and few classrooms could just tackle this.
But the material can be introduced in a very visual way and the students will respond.
This includes 8 documents
• EXERCISE You are on the moon
• ANSWERS You are on the moon .. the teacher could base the lecture on this
• PRINT ME RIGHT NOW
• The slides for the thumbnails. (4) The thumbnails are always teaching tools, for example for class warm-ups.
• Preview video You are on the moon.mov
Science is a very cool subject to teach. Sometimes introduction of new material can stimulate and expand the students’ minds and you can see it and feel it right in front of you. I am a science teacher and prejudiced. I hope that is okay.
The Earth and the moon are familiar, but surprisingly not well understood.
The moon is about ¼ the diameter of the Earth. The moon is about 30 earth diameters away.
The sun shines and the moon is always half lit and half dark. We do not always see it from the relative same direction. Hence we see phases of the moon.
That is pretty much all there is to it. The kids will insist that the phases are caused by shadows of the earth. Be patient with them.
Props work well. Darken the room and shine a bright light on a sphere, like a basketball or a globe. The moon would then be a ball about the size of an apple on the far side of the classroom; pretty far away.
Introduce these concepts. This is visual and relevant and your students be attentive.
Only then can you pass out the little worksheet. For most classrooms, you are going to want to go over it in class as a classroom activity.
An extensive answer sheet is included. It could be read verbatim. And if you, as the teacher, are learning also then this is teaching at its best.
It is fun and the kids will respond. I used this with difficult ninth graders and it worked great!