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Moon Unit for Kids

Kids of all ages are fascinated by the moon. Here is our hands on Moon Unit for Kids that explores using Oreo moon phases, 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!

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

 

Moon Unit for Kids

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

astronaut ice cream
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.

FREE Solar System Worksheets

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.

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