FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – DSM Finding the Moon

Students explore Finding the Moon with twelve handson activities and the Delta Science Reader. They discover that Earth’s nearest neighbor in space is far more interesting than any storybook Moon. Through direct observations and modeling exercises, students learn that the Moon is visible day and night, that it rises and sets, appears to change shape, casts shadows, reflects light, and lacks air and water. Students record daily drawings of the full lunar cycle in a four-week Moon Journal. Then they demonstrate the phases of the Moon, and its far side. Students also form craters on a “moon dust” surface and handle substances very similar to moon soil and rocks.

The Delta Science Reader Finding the Moon introduces students to what we see in the sky and to Earth’s closest neighbor, the Moon. Students discover what makes the Moon appear to shine and why the Moon appears to have different shapes. They read about craters, seas, and other parts of the Moon’s environment. Students are introduced to Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon. Students also compare the size of the Moon to that of Earth and the Sun.