Lunar and Planetary Institute






Earth-Moon Comparisons

In Texas, teachers are expected to teach about the Moon in comparison to the Earth, about the Earth-Moon system, and how that system relates to the Solar System. The physical characteristics of the Moon should include size, mass, composition, gravity, lack of atmosphere, and surface features.

5.12 C The student is expected to identify the physical characteristics of the Earth and compare them to the physical characteristics of the moon
6.5 A and B The student is expected to identify and describe a system that results from the combination of two or more systems such as in the solar system; and describe how the properties of a system are different from the properties of its parts.
6.13 A The student is expected to identify characteristics of objects in our solar system including the Sun, planets, meteorites, comets, asteroids, and moons

Note: This topic can also be used to cover aspects of volcanism, impacts and craters, and Moon phases.

Preliminary Concepts

Misconceptions and Educational Research

Activities about the Moon

Content Resources for the Pre-Service Educator

Potential Questions or Issues