"One Small Step For Man,
One Giant Leap For Learning"
I just finished a small two-week unit on the moon and had a blast with it! By 4th grade my students already knew the moon phases so we did a quick review with Oreo cookies. . .that was a yummy Monday!
The kids had a lot of questions so we read about the Challenger and about craters. After much discussion we evolved into re-creating the moon's surface in the classroom - craters and all.
In my teaching impact craters lesson in small groups students were given a pan with moon surface (flour!) some bouncy balls and rulers. Students measured the impact of asteroids on the moon's surface and worked to problem solve some questions. It was a messy method of learning and everyone loved it!