Solar System - Moon Unit

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Solar System - Moon Unit

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Kids of all ages are fascinated by the moon. Here is our hands on unit exploring our moon including exploring the moon phases with Oreos, moon craters, and more. This is just part of our 5 week solar system unit.
Moon Unit - Hands on science projects to help kids in Preschool, Prek, Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade learn about our solar system - moon phases, astronauts, and LOTS more! (perfect for homeschool science or summer learning)

Did you know there are more than 100 moons in our solar system?

A moon is a satellite of a planet; it orbits a planet.

But none are more interesting than the moon we can see from our own planet Earth.

Moon Phases

Have you noticed that the moon seems to change shape in the sky throughout the month? It doesn't actually change shape, but rather the amount of the moon we can see being lit up by reflecting the sun does. Every 28 days.

Oreo Moon Phases to help kids learn about moon phases with free printable worksheet and moon phases mini book

We started out by exploring what the moon phases are with this free printable Moon Phases Mini Book

Then we did this fun, hands-on project making Oreo Moon Phases (includes free printable to put our Oreo's on).  This had to be my kids favorite activity.

moon phases worksheets for kids

Finally the kids recalled what they'd learned by labeling the moon phases on these free printable solar system worksheets

Astronauts on the Moon

We learned about what life is like for the astronauts on the International Space Station and even age some space food. Then we saw and listened to some history as it unfolded:

Make a Working Telescope Science Project

Make your own telescope science project for kids

Kids will be amazed with this fun science project where kids will get to make their very own telescope.  You will need 2 magnifying glasses with one stronger than the other, cardstock/cardboard, and duct tape.

Simple to make - DIY Telescope

Using duct tape carefully attach the stronger magnifying lens to a rounded piece of cardboard.  Then hold the weaker lens in front of the stronger one and move back and forth until you can see clearly. Measure the distance. Now attach the weaker lens at the same distance to finish telescope. 

Hands on Solar System Unit

  1. The Sun 
  2. The Moon & Astronauts (above)
  3. Inner Planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars)
  4. Outer Planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
  5. Pluto, Asteroid Belt, Comets, and Stars

FREE Solar System Worksheets 

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