Planets orbit the Sun and moons orbit the planets. Our Moon is the Earth’s only satellite. It is the largest and brightest object in our sky and the 5th largest moon in our solar system. You cannot look at the history of the Earth without including our Moon’s history. The Moon’s phases have guided our farming and harvest for years. Its gravitational pull has controlled our tides and kept the Earth at its tilt, controlling our seasons. In this lesson students will learn all about the basics of the moons, explorations of the moon and the moons effect on the Earth. Students will demonstrate both lunar and solar eclipses with models of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Students will perform a hands on activity modeling the phases of the moon. Video experiences include an original VictoryXR video describing the moon, its basic structure and its role in Earth’s ecosystems.
For the eclipse demos, I give the sun, moon and Earth to each kid and have them put them in the correct order. For the True/False assessment, I had a large T and a large F. I created 10-12 sticky notes on Engage. About half were true statements about the moon and half were false statements about the moon. The students grabbed a sticky note and took it to the True side or False side.