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Field Trip to the Moon

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  • Cost Category: Free
  • Price Details: DVD and educator resources are free.  The Planetarium show is $5.00 per student for New York City (NYC) schools and $12.00 per student (includes Museum admission) per student for outside NYC schools.
    The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: DVD, Instructors Guide
  • Grades: grades 3 to 5, grades 6 to 8, grades 9 to 12
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: many times, can be reused
  • Subject(s): astronomy, multiple science topics
  • Part of Series?: No
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This highly structured one-time activity lets kids work together to solve problems and prepare for a trip to the Moon.  The educator guide and DVD provide instructors with ideas and data to help plan a lunar station and trip to the Moon.

As you'd expect, this collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and NASA includes great content. A user can get either a 20-minute DVD to kick off the activities or view a planetarium show, if such facilities are available. The fieldtrip is actually a collection of module-based learning activities designed for small groups of 5th -8th graders who complete the modules by doing investigations and discussing topics ranging from geology to medicine as part of a mission to go to the moon and set up a lunar station. Through each module students explore something about the moon or something about how we get to the moon. An Informal educator's guide is downloadable off the Internet with a number of information cards, instructions, background essays, equipment lists, and references for each module. Modules could be completed in a day or could last longer and the necessary materials could be assembled by an instructor or purchased through sources identified online. Instructors do not need to know much about astronomy or the moon to complete this fieldtrip, and it requires no travel time or permission slips. It does require that the instructor prints and prepares activity cards and that materials be assembled, but these materials are effective vehicles for setting up the student discussions and conversations that stimulate interest and exploration about the moon.

To obtain the free DVD, Educator's Guide, and other resources, go to the
Field Trip to the Moon web site at

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