My Take on the Moon
What's the Point?
- Zine materials, such as the template and folding instructions available through http://smallsciencezines.blogspot.com/ or other Internet sites
- Art supplies, such as colored pencils, crayons, and markers
- His/her Marvel Moon comic book
- 1 pencil or pen
1. Discuss the Moon's history and effect on Earth. Remind the children of the different concepts they investigated through the Marvel Moon activities.
- What topic was most appealing to them culturally, scientifically, and personally?
- What would they most like their community to know about the Moon?
2. Invite the children to be comic-book artists! Explain that they will create miniature comic books for the library's collection for others to check out. Have them consider what others might want to know about the Moon. Remind them to be scientifically accurate in their drawings and text. Have them write and illustrate a concept on the zine template. Possible topics might include one of the strands of the Marvel Moon activity module:
Our Moon's "life story," from "infancy" to the present day
The story of the scientists' contributions to our understanding of the Moon
A personal story about the Moon's meaning or future exploration
What Earth would be like without the Moon's light or gravity
3. If possible, photocopy each zine for the child to take home. Have them follow the instructions to fold their zine into a booklet.
Facilitator’s Note: Visit http://smallsciencezines.blogspot.com/ for information on submitting the children's zines to an online forum. Consider scanning the zines and posting them on your institution’s own website!
Celebrate the Moon in your community! Tell the children where they will find their zines in the library collection and have them invite family and friends to check them out.