Solar System - Moon Unit

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 - This moon unit study has fun, hands on science projects for elementary. These are great for learning about the solar system in Preschool, Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade - moon phases, astronauts, and LOTS more!

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 

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.