In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the moon. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. The Moon topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Writing a Paragraph
Remind your students that the Earth spins on its axis, and the Moon orbits the Earth. Together they both orbit the Sun. Have small groups model the Moon, Earth, and Sun. The “Earth” can spin around while the “Moon” orbits. You can give the student who models the Sun a flashlight to shine on both the Moon and Earth. Point out to students that the Sun only shines on part of the Moon and that is why we see different parts of the Moon from Earth. You can also do the same activity using rubber of Styrofoam balls to model the Moon, Earth, and Sun.
As a reading and social studies connection, have your students collect and read different folktales, stories, or books about the Moon. What cultures have stories about a rabbit in the Moon? What stories do different communities tell about how the Moon came to be? Compare and contrast the stories. Then have students write and illustrate their own stories and tales about the Moon. Have students share their work with the class.
Family and Homeschool Actitivites for Teaching About Writing a Paragraph
Together with your child, take a look at the Moon each night. Track the Moon’s changing phases on a daily calendar. Your child can draw sketches of the Moon and describe its shape and color. Your child can also add a quick description or diary entry about his or her thoughts or feelings for the day. Encourage your child to write in complete sentences and use descriptive language.
If possible, take your child to an observatory, planetarium, or a natural history museum to learn more about the moon. Many museums offer tours or audio guides that go more in depth about the Moon and other celestial bodies. Discuss what you see and learn together and ask your child to explain information in their own words to reinforce knowledge. Encourage your child to jot down notes or draw pictures.