Lunar Learning for Teachers at Yerkes
September 18, 2010
By Margie Corp For Stars at Yerkes News
WILLIAMS BAY WISCONSIN -- The far side of the Moon has a thick crust. Our Moon has a thin atmosphere similar to our Earth's exosphere. The south pole of the Moon contains the most water on the Moon.
ARCS teacher Lynne Zielinski recommends reading materials to Lunacy Workshop teachers as Rich Decoster and Sharon Carr analyze Moon images using NASA data.
Breakout sessions were presented by other ARCS teachers and included How to Teach Moon Phases using a Moon phase collar. By providing a different way of viewing the positions of the Earth and Moon, teachers are able to help students understand the reasons for the changing phases of our Moon.
ARCS teacher Ruth Juhant (left) leads breakout session How to Teach Moon Phases.
Although clouds obscured plans for evening viewing for the International Observe the Moon Night, teachers were enriched by the many experiences provided by Lunacy II.
Participants at the Teacher Lunacy II Workshop take data from the United States Naval Observatory to graph the cycle of moon phases.
-- You can access the sample lesson Graphing Moon Phases in the Stars at Yerkes Teacher Resources or here as a GoogleDoc.