Lunar Science and Exploration
Astro Viz: Our Moon
This animation from the American Museum of Natural History depicts a small planetary body impacting the early Earth. The debris is shown clumping together to form our Moon. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
Naked Science: The Birth of the Earth
In this clip, NASA Lunar Science Institute researcher, Robin Canup, uses her powerful computer model to show a giant impact between the young Earth and another planet. She explains how this impact is thought to have led to the formation of our Moon. Appropriate for ages 12 and up, the facilitator, and parents.
Traveler’s Guide to the Planets, National Geographic, 2010, ASIN: B003BI76WS
Six episodes offer stunning tours of the planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, Pluto and Beyond, Mars, and Venus and Mercury. The brief bonus programs The Sun and The Moon are also included.
NASA eClips Our World: The Rock Cycle
Discover how the rock cycle on the Moon is similar to how rocks change on Earth, or even on other planets! Suitable for children ages 8 to 10.
The Moon’s Appearance in the Sky
SkyTellers: "Moon Phases" Chapter
The activities and resources found here will help children further explore the phases of our Moon after they have listened to the Native American tale of "The Girl Who Married the Moon" and the science story. Stories appropriate for ages 5 and up; resources geared toward facilitator.
NASA eClips Our World: The Moon
This brief video includes a demonstration of lunar phases and discussions about the Moon’s influence on tides and Earth’s length of day. Suitable for children ages 8 to 10.
Day and Night
SkyTellers: "Day and Night" Chapter
After listening to the SkyTellers Native American story "Ant Dances for Light" and the accompanying science story, children can continue to explore the cycle of day and night on Earth and other planets with the activities found here. Stories appropriate for ages 5 and up; resources geared toward facilitator.
SkyTellers: "Constellation" Chapter
The children may be inspired to look beyond the Moon and discover more about the constellations that appear at night. Direct them to hear Why Coyote Howls: A Star Story and the accompanying science story; this chapter of the DVD and accompanying activities are available to view for free on the SkyTellers website. Stories appropriate for ages 5 and up; resources geared toward facilitator.
SkyTellers: "Seasons" Chapter
After listening to the SkyTellers Native American story "Spring Defeats Winter" and the accompanying science story, children can continue to explore seasons on Earth and other planets with the activities found here. Stories appropriate for ages 5 and up; resources geared toward facilitator.
SkyTellers: "Polaris" Chapter
Discussions about Earth's tilted axis and how it points to Polaris may inspire further investigation. The SkyTellers Native American tale of "Why the North Star Stands Still" supports investigations about Earth's seasons. Stories appropriate for ages 5 and up; resources geared toward facilitator.
The Blue Planet - Episode 7: Tidal Seas
This video features many creatures that are affected by tides, from whales and plankton to sharks — and even raccoons! The website offers a video clip, which explains what tides are and how they are caused by the Moon. Appropriate for children ages 11 to 13.
May 4, 2011