40-Below is a public service webpage that allows you to calculate moonrise and moonset times. Use this site to create a moonrise/moonset calendar for the Moon Home Observation. Copy it onto the back of the observation page so students will know when to look for the moon.
Science Clips, by the BBC, offers interactive science animations that can be manipulated by students in order to learn science content. Check out the "Earth, Sun, and Moon" science clip that relates to this inquiry.
BrainPOP.com, an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. To visit the site and watch their two minute Moon movie, click on the icon above. Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.
Have your students visit Quiz Star and take the Science for Ohio online Moon Images Practice or The Moon quiz. Once at Quiz Star:
Click here to print a student version of the above steps that can be affixed to your classroom/lab computer(s).
Click here to download a quiz results page (MS Word) that can be modified for all Quiz Star quizzes.
United Streaming offers online streaming video with thousands of videos and video clips just a mouse click away. To visit this site, and search their moon video database, click on the icon above.
Note: Although this service is by subscription, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. The movies run best if you Download rather than Stream them. Windows Media Player is recommended for PC users.
Ask Jeeves for Kids will connect you to a wealth of moon websites. Visit their link and type "moon phases" in the search box.
The United States Naval Observatory offers an up-to-date virtual reality moon phase image. You can also use this site to find the phase of the moon for any date between the years 1800 and 2199!
The Moon Guy offers answers to common moon questions. Click on the icon above to visit this site.
Phases of the Moon by Scott Hudson is a great sing along song to reinforce the concept of moon phases. Scott is a Science Coach for Cincinnati Public Schools.
Books and Other Resources
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons explains information about our moon, including how the oceans' tides are affected by it, why the same side always faces Earth, why there are different phases of the moon, and why there are solar and lunar eclipses. Also included are legends and facts, from the man in the moon to the first person to land on it. A great read-aloud book for the elementary classroom. ISBN 0-8234-1297-0
Where Does the Moon Go? by Sidney Rosen uses cartoon characters combined with stunning photographs and a lively question and answer format to guide you in discovering answers to many commonly asked questions about the moon. A great read-aloud for the elementary classroom. ISBN 0-87614-685-X
Whiz Kids: Tell Me Why the Moon Changes Shape? by Shirley Willis answers the Whiz Kids' questions about the moon--what it is, how it moves around the Earth, and why it changes shape. Includes several fun experiments as well as things to make and do. A good read-aloud book for the elementary classroom. ISBN 0-531-11830-4
Jimmy Zangwow's Moon Pie Adventure by Tony DiTerlizzi is a wonderfully creative and comical science fiction story about a boy's trip to the moon and beyond. Vivid full page cartoon illustrations engage readers of all ages. Highly recommended as a read-aloud for your classroom. I like to buy a moon pie for each of my students to eat into a gibbous, then crescent moon while we read. jf ISBN: 0-689-82215-4
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle is a wonderfully creative book that sparks imagination about climbing to the moon and bringing it to Earth. A great read-aloud Be prepared to dispel misconceptions about the moon through discussion. ISBN 0-88708-177-0
Look at the Moon by May Garelick uses rhymed verse and beautiful color drawings to express the beauty of the moon. A wonderful read-aloud to encourage poetry in your moon unit. ISBN 1-57255-142-9
When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year by Penny Pollock incorporates hand-colored woodcuts and lyrical poems to portray the twelve full moons of the year. Traditional Native American names, from the Wolf Moon to the Long Night Moon, follow the monthly path of the moon in all its wonder. A nice read aloud to encourage poetry in your moon unit. Multicultural connections. ISBN 0-316-71317-1
Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon by Phillip Wilkinson uses vivid pictures and simple text to tell the story of human exploration of the moon. An excellent student shelf book for grades two and three. ISBN 0-7894-2961-6
The Moon by Seymour Simon uses large black and white photos to capture the eternal beauty of our only natural satellite. A great book for your student shelf. ISBN 0-590-07883-6
The Best Book of the Moon by Ian Graham uses impressive color illustrations and easy-to-understand text to reveal the truth behind many of the moon's mysteries. A good read-aloud or student shelf book. ISBN 0-7534-5174-3
The Moon by Robin Kerrod provides detailed explanations of many facets of the moon. A good student shelf or teacher reference book. ISBN 0-8225-3900-4
Walking on the Moon by Deborah Shearer uses vivid pictures and simple text to tell the story of human exploration of the moon. A good student shelf book for the primary classroom. ISBN 0-7368-1145-1
Footprints on the Moon by Alexandra Siy uses vivid pictures and text to tell the story of human exploration of the moon. A good student shelf book for the advanced primary or intermediate level reader. ISBN 1-57091-408-7
First on the Moon by Barbara Hehner uses vivid pictures and text to tell the story of human exploration of the moon. A good student shelf book for the intermediate level reader. ISBN 078680489-0
Race to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 by Jen Green uses color illustrations and text to tell the story of the first successful landing on the moon. A good student shelf book for the intermediate level reader. ISBN 0-531-14456-9