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TerraLuna: Classroom Lessons for Middle School
Making craters, modeling the lunar highlands, recreating the early molten surface of the Moon--all this and more in Terraluna, the latest set of classroom lessons from CosmoQuest! Terraluna is a 15-day unit of inquiry-based lessons that lets your students explore the surface features of the Moon and the Earth, investigating how these two worlds formed and continue to evolve. Along the way, they'll participate in real science as they help lunar scientists map the surface of the Moon with MoonMappers, an online citizen science project that lets the public analyze real data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
You can download the entire set of materials as a pdf HERE!
Includes activities and lessons on:
- geologic history
- craters and impacts
This lesson plan also comes with evaluation tools and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards to help you reach your classroom goals.
Please try all or some of it with your students and let us know what you think by completing the short survey at the end of the unit. Or just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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