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Moon Unit

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! #moonforkids #science #solarsystem

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

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.


Phases of the Moon for Kids

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

Moon 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.

50 Moon Crafts and Moon Activiteis for kids - best moon projects from around the web

Looking for more fun, engaging, creative, and memorable moon projects for kids? You will love this 50 Moon Crafts & Activities for Kids collection with the best ideas from the whole internet!

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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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