Topic outline

  • General

    Welcome to Moon Over Us: Phases and Faces Shared Project!


    This a sketch done by Fred Sun of China that includes moon phases.

    Welcome to the Moon Over Us project. This project promotes the observations of the Moon by students on different continents. Students learn about the Moon, its distance from Earth, and how it changes its shape. Each evening they observe and sketch or take pictures of the Moon during from the first waxing crescent right after the new moon to  full Moon and then back to the new moon.  As this is happening students add their images to the class webpages with their observations about the changes each day.

    In the project, students and teachers from around the world exchange results and analyze the differences of images of the Moon phases and discuss this information by commenting on each others pages.

    In addition, students research and share different faces of the Moon, history, beliefs, stories, legends, and poetry about the Moon. The result is an intercultural exchange of explanations about the differences and similarities of each country from the sky, the data gathering technology, and cultural traditions. This is considered a STEAM project.

    在“我们上方的月亮”里,学生可以学习更多关于月亮在空中运动的知识。在这里,来自世界各地的学生和教师分享关于月球的信息, 并且在每个人的网页上讨论这些信息。

  • Activity 2: Creating and Sharing Images -2 or 3 times a week the entire project

    A) For teachers: Create your own classroom Padlet and link it to our project Pallet

    B) For Everyone: Take photographs, videos, and record audio (optional) of the Moon over your home each evening. Save the images in .jpg or .png format with the name, latitude and longitude and upload individual images to your classroom Padlet. The Moon needs to be low enough in the sky so you can include the ground, trees, or buildings to ensure the picture is right side up. Sometimes the moon is only visible in morning.  Take an image in the morning and make sure your label says the correct time and date. If the sky is too overcast, please draw a picture of what the moon should like and upload the picture to the pallet.Fred Sun's Gibbious, Beijing, China


    C) For Students: Record the exact time and place the image was taken.  记录你拍照的确切时间和地点。
    Save the images in .jpg or .png format with your name, the image type, time, date, latitude and longitude. Upload individual images to your classroom Padlet.  I repeat: Save the images in .jpg or .png format with your name, the image name, time, date,  latitude and longitude. Upload individual images to your classroom Padlet. Example:

    This is an activity that needs to be complete 2-3 times a week during the entire project.  

    When you have images of the eight phases of the moon, please create a collage or other art work that includes the 8 phases. (New Moon will be blank). 


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  • Activity 4: Adding Comments to Padlet School Pages


    If you are from the USA, please select one gallery from your school and two galleries from other schools that do not have comments. Read the information and comment on the image.


    The comment may contain complete sentences with the answers to these questions: What did you find on the page that caught your eye? What information is accurate on the page? What do you like about the page? After comment please ask a question so the creator will reply.

    你的评论需要由完整的句子组成,并回答以下问题:你在网页上发现了什么东西非常吸引你的眼睛? 网页上的什么信息非常的详细?你喜欢这个网页的什么地方?

  • Activity 7:

    Example imageWhen you have all your images uploaded to Padlet, create a collage, video or other piece of art work. 


    Video or audio recordings can be 30 seconds or shorter and can be recorded with a laptop computer when you take a picture.

    You will use these media items later in this project.