(Activity for Grades K-8)
of the scientific facts we know today were not known to our ancestors.
To explain everything that existed in their world, our ancestors created
another world: a world of gods, goddesses and myths. They made up
stories and tales about these gods and goddesses and told these tales to
one another and to their children. Almost every ancient civilization
has some legend concerning the Moon: how it was created, why it appears
when it does, why its appearance changes daily, etc. These myths
vary from one culture to the next, but many of them are amazingly similar.
And some of them were believed long after the civilization which created
them had disappeared.
1) To research
myths about the Moon, and discover what ancient civilization(s) created
2) To find the
facts about the Moon that underly these myths.
3) To design
a brochure displaying this information, and report these findings to the
4) To find out
if there are any Moon missions scheduled now or in the future.
5) To use your
imaginations and speculate what facts may be learned about the Moon in
of past myths and legends allows you to create and tell the stories of
the Moon's past and present.
of the Moon will allow you to explain the myths of the past, and explain
what science knows about the Moon today.
to design and create will allow you to make a brochure presenting information
about the Moon.
||Using your most
newsworthy voice, you will present the information to the class.
available from many sources, you will learn about future Moon missions
and the possible discoveries that await us.
NASA provides information
and image data from all its missions. NASA's
Windows To the Universe is the resource selected
to launch the project. Your challenge is to locate additional primary
resources to develop the exhibit.
Gaining background knowledge.
you begin your roles, learn some myths
about the Moon.
#2: Begin and complete the project.
learned some basics about the Moon, divide the class into groups
of about four students.
one of the roles above for each group.
the responsibilities within each group.
a timeline for completing the task.
work (research, collect data, organize data, design a product, prepare
to publish, present).
You've finished the tasks.
You've presented your information. What conclusions can you draw
about the Moon? What do you know now that you did not know before?
What other things do you wish to know about the Moon?
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