Objectives - Overview
To find out what is meant by the
saying "Once in a Blue Moon" and why the saying
may have come to be. To appreciate the importance the Moon
seems to play in our lives through its mention in other
phrases, songs, or tales.
1. Web sites to investigate:
is a Blue Moon?
The answer to this question can be found at
A more detailed explanation
of a blue moon which gives more than the folklore explanation
is also available.
Here is a link to a Lesson
to go along with the saying, "once in a blue moon."
This is an art and writing lesson which ties
to the science
2. Other Moon Phrases are often used
in everyday conversation and written works.
pictures of the moon from magazines or create drawings and
prepare a collage for display. To accompany the collage
think of all the "Moon phrases" you have heard.
Put each phrase on its own small sign and see how many others
can define and how many have heard the phrase used before.
Below are a few to get you started:
must be a full MOON tonight
MOON over Miami
man in the MOON
promise him the MOON
3. A related lesson, Musical
Moon, will also help students explore how the Moon has
been used in popular songs through the ages.
Many stories and superstitions about the moon and its powers
have been passed from one generation to another, including
that the moon was made of green cheese. See how many of
these you can find. Write about one of your favorite tales
and how it may have come to be told.
5. Science Fiction or Not?
Moon has been used in numerous stories. Check out the Moon
Fiction site to find books that students might enjoy.
Books are listed by author with some notes about the book