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NASA Educational Materials
NASA-JSC Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division.
Managing Editor. Linda M.V. Martel
Designer. Brooks G. Bays, Jr.
Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
The book contains:
The 16-page teacher's guide is an easy to read background summary about the Moon. It tells the story of the Moon's geological history and how scientists try to decipher the story. The background information may be useful reading for students as well.
The activities are divided into three units titled Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and The Future. These correspond, at least roughly, to exercises that can be done before the Lunar Sample Disk arrives at your school (Pre-Apollo), while it is there (Learning from Apollo), and after it has been returned to NASA (The Future).
The length of time needed to complete an activity will vary according to the degree of difficulty and the development level of the students. Thus activities may take one to eight or more class periods.
Classroom activities promote problem-solving, communication skills, and teamwork. Each activity consists of teacher pages and reproducible student sheets.
Teacher pages begin with a statement of purpose and background information with answers specific to the activity. These are followed by sections on preparation, in-class suggestions, wrap-up ideas, and extensions. Words that are bolded appear in the Glossary.
Student sheets include a purpose statement, key words, list of materials, procedure, questions with space provided for answers, and charts. Key words are included in the Glossary. Materials for each activity are listed in order of use. They are bolded in the text of the procedure section as a memory aid for students.
The activities were tested by teachers in classrooms throughout the state of Hawaii. In particular, the following people contributed the activities in this book.
Kathy Chock. Lunalilo Elementary School; Pauline Higa, Mililani High School; Art Kimura, Future Flight Hawaii; Forrest Luke, Leilehua High School; Linda Martel, University of Hawaii; Dale Olive, Future Flight Hawaii; Kevin Polk, University of Hawaii; Randolph Scoville, Highlands Intermediate School; Liza Shigeta, Waipahu High School; Cheryl Shintani, Koloa Elementary School; Nancy Tashima, Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center; Jeff Taylor, University of Hawaii; and Arlene Yoshimura, Mililani Mauka Elementary School.