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
the myths about the Moon, and discover how and by what ancient civilization(s)
these myths were created.
2) To find the
facts about the Moon which underly these myths.
3) To design a
brochure displaying this information, and report these findings to the
4) To find out
what missions (if any) we on Earth have planned concerning the Moon
right now and in the future.
5) To use your
imaginations and speculate what facts we may find out about the Moon
in the future.
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 creatively
presenting information about the Moon.
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 On the Universe, is the resource selected
to launch the project. Your challenge is to locate additional primary
resources to develop the
you begin your roles, learn some myths
and facts about the
Here is an overview of the project.
you've learned some basics of the Moon, divide the class into
groups, each group containing about four students.
one of the roles above for each group.
the responsibilities within each group.
a timeline to complete the task
your work (research, collect 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?