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Activity Two: Sculpting Lunar Geology

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Grade Levels

Grades 5-8


Earth Science, Space Science, Geology, Solar System and Planets, Planetary Geology, Earth's Moon


Lesson Plans / Activities

Students will compare the Moon with the Earth and work in cooperative teams to build a scale model of a portion of the Moon’s surface. The goal of this activity is to help students consider lunar geology when choosing the optimal landing site for a human landing system.

Students will:

  • Identify the similarities and differences between the surfaces of the Earth and Moon, with an emphasis on geologic features.
  • Create a scale replica of a portion of the surface of the Moon.
  • Propose improvements to their models given more time and materials.

Next Generation Science Standards: MS-ESS2-2

Common Core State Standards:  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.2.A, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.1

Activity Two: Sculpting Lunar Geology

This lesson plan is part of the “Landing Humans on the Moon Educator Guide.”