The Moon Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Help your students explore the geology and formation of the Moon through two videos, some vocabulary discussion, and a hands-on activity in which students will simulate impact craters.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the geology of the Moon.
  • explain several theories of the Moon's formation and identify the theory most widely accepted by scientists.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • HS-ESS1-6.

Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth's formation and early history.


  • Disposable pie tins (one for each group)
  • Flour (enough to fill each tin)
  • Golf balls (one for each group)
  • Meter sticks (one for each group)

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