Space Academy

Lunar Studies

Science; Earth and Space Systems
- describe, using models or simulations, the features of the moon’s surface
- identify cycles in nature and describe the changes within the cycles
Language; Reading
- understand the vocabulary and language structures appropriate for this grade level
- summarize and explain the main ideas in information materials and cite details that support the main idea
- understand specialized words or terms
- use a variety of conventions of formal texts to find and verify information

  A Link to Learning web-based student learning activity     www.linktolearning.com

Read The Moon: Earth's Satellite at
 http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/moon.html

and answer the following questions.

1. Define "maria" and describe how they’re formed. _____________________________________

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2. What are the light areas on the moon’s surface? ___________________________________

3. Describe what covers the lunar surface and explain the special name given to it. ____________

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4. At the Moonlight Madness page; 
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/moonlight.html
read the information about the phases of the moon and then try the activity.

Record your score here: _______________


5. Using the Virtual Reality Moon Phases page;
http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html
determine the phase of the moon on the date you were born and the phase of the moon today.

Your birth date: ________________

Moon phase (use correct terminology): _______________________________

Today's date: ____________________

Moon phase: _______________________________