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Other On-Line Lessons

The Apollo Lunar missions were an important part of man's exploration of space. In the future the Moon may be a very important base for exploration into deep space. The lessons included in the "curriculum" section are intended to help students explore the Lunar Module, Apollo Missions, and the Moon.

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Activities

1. You may have heard this rumor yourself or read about it - "The Moon Landing Hoax - Did we really send humans to the Moon in the 1960's?" Have kids investigate this rumor at the site below and explore the Apollo mission information online and see what they think.

http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/news/2001/news-moonlanding.asp

 

2. Gravity on the Moon and other planets is different than on Earth. That means we would weigh different amounts. Use this site to help students discover what they would weigh.

How much do you weigh? page
http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/education/spaceday/activity/how_mu.html

The Exploratorium also has a site to use to Calculate your weight on other planets as well as on the moon.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/

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There is also a planetary weight calcuator students can use at http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Puzzles/Weight.asp

3. Telling Time by the Light of the Moon.
An earth science lesson for grades 6-8 from DiscoverySchool.com. Worksheets and activities are included. Students will:
1. understand that local solar time is determined by the position of the sun relative to an observer's horizon
2. identify by name the phases of the moon -waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent, and new.

http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/lightofthemoon/index.html

4. Space Day Hands on Activities 1999
Several activites are located at this site which encourage an understanding of the basics of our solar system: how it is arranged, how it operates, and how we approach exploring it. Among these activities are : Edible Solar System; Sun/Earth/Moon Roleplay; Orbital Forces;Hubble Space Telescope; Apollo Spacecraft, Saturn V. Other activities address the Moon and the Earth/Moon system directly (Phases of the Moon; Moon Archeology; Regolith Formation; Reaping Rocks; Edible Rocks; Lunar Landforms; Make a Crater; Making a Comet in the Classroom.

http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/education/spaceday/activity.html

5. Calculate your age on other planets
Calculates your age on other planets from your "earth birthdate" - Your age in days will vary depending on the planet. Calculations are shown for your age in years, days and the date of your next birthday is given.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/index.html

Calculations can also be done at NASA kids site. http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Puzzles/Age.asp

 

6. Build Your Own Solar System
Fill in the diameter of the Sun you want your model to be scaled by and this site will calculate the diameter, orbit radius and size to make your scale model. Also calculates distances to some stars and galaxies.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/