Resource Image Field Trip to the Moon

by: Paul D. Lowman Jr.
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: The Science Teacher
Publication Date: 4/1/2004
Grade Level: High School


The main features of lunar geology are now fairly well known, perhaps better known than some aspects of terrestrial geology. This is not surprising—the Moon’s main internal activity stopped billions of years ago, unlike the Earth’s. This article focuses on the geology of a single area of the Moon, the Imbrium Basin, and shows how geologists have combined basic geologic principles with evidence collected by the Apollo missions to learn more about the history of the Moon as a whole.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, New Teacher, Teacher
Educational Issues:Curriculum, Educational research, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 4 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 4 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Earth Science
    • Objects in the sky
      • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4)
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
    • Learning
      • Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)

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User Reviews

Out of this world field trip
  Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA) on April 4, 2011
  This article outlines a geological study of the Moon's Imbrium Basin. In this very interesting twist to the "normal" field trip, students have an opportunity to explore the moon and to learn about the history of exploring the moon, and the moon's geology. This is an outstanding lesson that will engage students as they explore the moon and learn about geology.

Great overview of moon geology
  Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS) on December 9, 2013
  This resource gives a concise overview of the geology of the moon. It would be best when used in conjunction with a map of the surface of the moon or actual moongazing. My earth science students would be intrigued.

From the Earth to the Moon!
  Keith Stanek (Winston Salem, NC) on August 6, 2013
  Field Trip to the Moon is a great collection of the geology and topography of the moon. Can be tied in when studying maps in Social Studies, the Science of the Moon, technology classes, even to expand your student's vocabulary. Great for building background knowledge and to discover similarities and differences between our satellite, the moon, and our own Planet Earth.

Develop background about moon geology
  Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL) on July 6, 2011
  This article is an interesting description of the geographical features found on the moon. This would be a great article to use for self instruction about the moon's features. I learned a great deal by sitting outside with a pair of binoculars and finding the features referred to in the article.

Moon Geology
  Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX) on March 27, 2011
  The article provides significant content information about the moon's geology, particularly the Imbrium Basin. It provides background knowledge for teachers considering teaching the geologic principles using the moon as a unique setting.