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Exploring the Moon
A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Earth and Space Sciences - Grades 5-12

This teacher's guide has been designed for use in upper elementary through high school. Provided in the guide is background information about the moon. The activities are divided into three units: Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and the Future.

Download the units (all files are PDF):

Download the entire Exploring The Moon (158 pages - 8 MB) or download the sections you want below....

Introductory Materials (pdf 540K)

  • About This Book
  • About the Lunar Sample Disk
  • About the Slide Set
  • Activity Matrices

Teacher's Guide -- The Moon: Gateway to the Solar System (pdf 4.8 MB)

  • Moon ABCs Fact Sheet
  • Rock ABCs Fact Sheet
  • Progress in Lunar Science Chart
  • Nearside of the Moon--Apollo Landing Sites

Unit 1 Pre-Apollo (pdf 296K)

  • Resource Section for Unit 1
  • Distance to the Moon
  • Diameter of the Moon
  • Reaping Rocks

Unit 2 Learning From Apollo (pdf 1.3 MB)

  • Resource Section for Unit 2
  • The Lunar Disk
  • Apollo Landing Sites
  • Regolith Formation
  • Lunar Surface
  • Differentiation
  • Impact Craters
  • Clay Lava Flows
  • Lava Layering
  • Lunar Landing Sites
  • Lunar Roving Vehicle
  • Moon Anomalies

Unit 3 The Future (pdf 595K)

  • Resource Section for Unit 3
  • Lunar Land Use
  • Life Support Systems
  • Lunar Biospheres

Appendices (pdf 76K)

  • Glossary
  • Resources for Educators

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Last modified by Nathan Smith - 16 July 2002