Posted by DrJeff on October 7th, 2009
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This is a Teachable Moments in the News QuickLinks Post. It connects a news story with this Blog’s existing powerful library of Posts and Resource Pages. The cited Posts and Pages provide a deep understanding of concepts in the earth and space sciences relevant to the news story. Teachers—the Posts and Pages are also designed for use as lessons, allowing you to easily bring current science into the classroom as a teachable moment. Each cited Post is outlined in the Teachers Lesson Planner, which includes the Post’s essential questions, concepts, objectives, and math skills.
There’s an exciting event scheduled on the Moon, and you’re invited. The NASA LCROSS spacecraft and it’s Atlas V Centaur upper stage rocket will slam into the lunar South Pole on October 9 at 4:30 am PDT. It is going to be a BIG news story AND IT SHOULD BE VISIBLE TO YOU if you’re west of the Mississippi (in the U.S.) AND you can hook up with an amateur astronomer with a good-sized (recommended 10-12-inch aperture) telescope. Sounds like a good motivation for an impact party to me.
There is a Blog on the Universe Post—If I Could Gift Wrap the Moon—that is perfect for a thought-provoking, conceptually hard-hitting classroom discussion about the size of the Moon and its relationship to Earth in advance of (even after) the LCROSS impact. It includes simple and quite elegant hands-on activities.
Here are the links:
An overview of the LCROSS Mission
On viewing the impact
Where on the Moon to look and the technical requirements for viewing
At Blog on the Universe: If I Could Gift Wrap the Moon
If I Could Gift Wrap the Moon: essential questions, key concepts, learning objectives, math skills, and special features are all listed in the Teachers Lesson Planner.
Hope you see it!
P.S.— OH NO! We’re slamming this thing into the Moon?! Here’s the new post to calm your mind.
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One Response to “TMN QuickLinks: NASA LCROSS to Slam into Moon October 9, 2009”
Sally Jean Jensen Says:
October 17th, 2009 at 11:57 am
I have this challenge in time for a presentation to two 6th grade classes and a workshop on Sunday. Thanks. This is neat. When I finally get my students, I definitely will be using your blog and the challenge of the week stuff. Again, thank you so much.