Image: EIS silhouette for grades 5-8

The projects and activities listed in this category are for grades 5-8. They are recommended for students ages 10-14.

Title: Moon Over Us: Phases and Faces

Authors: Bonnie Thurber, Hongfeng Guo

Grade Levels/Ages: grades 5-8, Middle School

Subject Areas: Science, Astronomy, Space Science, Language Arts, Art

Standards:

Short Description:  In this project, students become cultural astronomers. They take a survey about the moon; draw images or take digital pictures of the moon once a week or more at approximately the same time each evening for one month to get the full cycle. After posting their images with time, date, latitude, and longitude, students research and compare each others' images of the moon; create more web pages that include poetry, history, beliefs, stories, and research. Students use dialogue, comments, and discussion to share their valuable insights. The project ends with a final survey and sharing reflections. Students receive iCollaboratory/Kidlink/SpacEdge Web Badges and certificates for completing each of the four sections of the project. Students also receive a certificate for completing all four sections of the project.