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Journey to the Moon

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Kindergarten through third grade students will learn many interesting facts about the Moon and then journey to the moon with NASA astronauts! Special thanks to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for their contributions to this video. >
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Recommended books for more information related to content found in "Journey to the Moon"

  • Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky, Elphinstone Dayrell
  • Arrow to the Sun: A Pubelo Indian Tale , Gerlad McDermott
  • Sea of Tranquility, Mark Haddon
  • Faces of the Moon, Bob Crelin
  • Man on the Moon, Anastasia Suen
  • The Moon Over Star, Dianna Hutts Aston
  • If You Decide to Go to the Moon, Faith McNulty
  • Comets, Stars the Moon and Mars, Douglas Florian
  • Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World, Lynn Moroney
  • Moonshort, Brian Floca
  • Moonbeam Bear, Ulrike Moltgen and Rolf Fanger
  • The Sun is My Favorite Star,  Frank Asch
  • What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees,  Nancy Tafuri
  • Who’s There? A Bedtime Shadow Book, Heather Zschock
  • Cabbage Moon, Tim Chadwick
  • Zoo in the Sky, Jacqueline Mitton
  • Zodiac; Celestial Circle of the Sun, Jacqueline Mitton
  • Starry Messenger, Peter Sis
  • The Moon Seems to Change, Franklyn M. Branley
  • Mooncake, Frank Asch
  • What the Moon is Like, Franklyn M. Branley
  • One World, One Sky, Teaching Guide from Sesame Street

Moon Resources on the Internet:

Visit the online gallery, "Apollo to the Moon":

For Earth- and Moon-inspired art, visit the "Out of this World" online exhibit:

To view video from the first Moon Landing:


Alabama Course of Study

Science  (2005)

2.) Identify the sun as Earth's source of light and heat.
•  Identifying relationships between light and shadows
•  Predicting the occurence of shadows.
10.) Identify objects observed in the day sky with the unaided eye, including the sun, clouds, moon, and rainbows.

Grade 1
11.) Compare the day sky to the night sky as observed with the unaided eye.

Grade: 2
11.) Identify basic components of our solar system, including the sun, planets, and Earth's moon.

Grade: 3
14.) Describe the position of Earth, the moon, and the sun during the course of a day or month.
•  Describing various forms of technology used in observing Earth and its moon

Social Studies (2004)
Grade 2

3.) Discuss historical and current events within the state and the nation that are recorded in a variety of resources.
Example of historical event: video of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon


       Created December 12, 2011                                                           Last updated January 24, 2012

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