for Moon Day
students will discover the history of the first manned
mission to the moon. They will gain experience with the
use of a timeline to study an event in history in
relationship to the present day and themselves.
A book about
the first landing on the moon ("Moonwalk" by
Judy Donnelly would be a possible choice).
The link The
Apollo 11 Mission to be displayed for the
of a picture of Apollo 11 or the astronauts that were
on that mission.
picture of the teacher and each of the students (these
can be actual photos or drawings).
A photo or
drawing of each student on their first day of
kindergarten, first grade, second grade, etc (go as
high as to the current grade they are now in.)
A long piece
of butcher paper to be labeled with dates and
photos/drawings for the timeline.
story about the first landing on the moon.
link mentioned in the materials list above. This
will give an actual sound recording of Neil
Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface.
will follow the story and web link visit. Be
sure to talk about the impact that this landing had on
the country and the world. Compare it to other
events in the world today; the Olympics, an election,
Now help the
class construct a timeline on the butcher paper that
begins with an event before the moon landing. It
could be the teacher's birthday, the Principal's
birthday, or a U.S. President's Birthday (attach a
photo/drawing of this person on the correct
date.) The next event will be the lunar landing
date (attach the printout of Apollo 11), then the
students' birthdays, followed by the date of the
first day of K,1st or 2nd grade, and today's
date. Choose any other dates that are
significant to the students. The students will
attach their photos/drawings on the appropriate place
on the timeline.
questions about the completed timeline. The
complexity of the questions will depend on the age of
the students. For example, "Were you born
before or after Apollo 11's mission?", "How
old was the principal/teacher/president when Apollo 11
landed on the moon?", etc.
book The Moon by Carmen Bredeson which
gives the history of human beliefs about the moon over
time and includes current scientific knowledge.