This plan can be used in the general education classroom or in a special education resource room setting.

The lesson uses a movie from Discovery Education Streaming for which you must be a member.

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

• Identify how the moon's gravitational pull affects Earth's surface • Identify the phases of the moon • Explain what an eclipse is • Explain how tides are created • Explain Lunar, Neap, and Spring tides


Guiding Question:

What are some theories discussed in the program on how the moon was formed?

Why does the moon affect Earth's ocean tides?

How has Earth's gravity affected the moon?

How is the moon's rotation different from Earth's?

Explain the phases of the moon.

What is a lunar eclipse?



Computer Internet Access Project and screen Handouts


Moon Dance. United Learning (2001). Retrieved July 30, 2008, from unitedstreaming:



  1. Students will first take a pre-test to test their knowledge of the Earth's moon.
2. Students will watch a movie from Discovery Education Streaming. Students will complete the coinciding video quiz (either during the movie or after).

3. After students watch the movie, teacher and students will discuss the movie using the guiding questions.

4. Students will then have the opportunity to individually explore 2 websites and complete the drawing activity:

5. Students will then get in groups of two and explore another website and complete the partner writing activity.

6. Finally, students will take the post test.



Pre Test Video Quiz Post Test

Answer Key or Rubric:


Benchmark or Standards:

New York State Learning Standard

Standard 4: Science Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.


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