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A science reading lesson on understanding our solar system.
 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
THE MOON

A science lesson on the moon, earth, and the solar system. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn facts about the moon.
  • Students will understand that most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion.  Those motions explain concepts of tides and phases of the moon.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

   

  

 

 

 
 

MOON LESSON

Directions:

Print The Moon reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

Lesson Excerpt

     A moon is a smaller body that is in orbit around a planet.  Moons are natural satellites of a planet.  Jupiter has the most – sixty-three.  Mercury and Venus don't have any moons. Earth has just one moon.  It is about 239,000 miles away from Earth.  Moons don't make any light.  They just reflect the sun's light, like a mirror.  The sun shines on the moon, and its light reflects off the moon's rocks and dust.  

     The Earth's moon makes one orbit around the Earth one time a month, every 28 days.  The same side of the moon points toward Earth all the time.  We see the moon in different shapes at different times.  This is called the ‘phases of the moon.'  The different phases have to do with the position of the moon and sun. 

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LESSON PRINTABLES

The Moon Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading passage, questions, and answer sheet.

 

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