Ch 41: PSSA - Science Grade 8: The Moon

About This Chapter

Use our PSSA Science Grade 8: The Moon chapter to aid your students in their review for the exam. With engaging video lessons featuring professional instructors and self-assessment quizzes, your students will thank you when they find themselves breezing through questions about the moon on their exam.

PSSA - Science Grade 8: The Moon - Chapter Summary

We'll make sure your students know the essential facts about the moon for the PSSA Science Grade 8 exam. Short, informative video lessons will help your students understand lunar geology, moon phases and other topics. By the end of this chapter, your students will be able to:

  • Explain different moon formation theories
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of lunar geology
  • Identify qualities of the moon's atmosphere
  • Know the difference between sidereal month motion and synodic month motion
  • Name the various moon phases
  • Make informed predictions on when the moon will rise and set

With a curriculum that's specifically designed for the PSSA Science Grade 8 exam, your students will greatly benefit from these lessons. Engaging video lessons that come complete with video tags and accurate transcripts will help your students grasp the topic. Plus, with our self-assessment quizzes they'll be able to see which areas they need to focus on more and will build their confidence in the process.

6 Lessons in Chapter 41: PSSA - Science Grade 8: The Moon
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Formation of the Moon: Theories

1. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

2. Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

This lesson will discuss the layers of the Moon's interior, the dark and light colored areas of the Moon's surface, the Moon's craters, and how moon dust has formed over the ages.

The Moon's Atmosphere

3. The Moon's Atmosphere

This lesson will go over the lunar atmosphere, its composition, where it gets it atmosphere from, how it may lose its atmosphere, and what the technical term for the lunar atmosphere is.

Moon Phases: Waxing, Waning and Lunar Cycle

4. Moon Phases: Waxing, Waning and Lunar Cycle

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

5. Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

This lesson will teach you about the sidereal month and synodic month, how long they are, and how they are measured with respect to the stars and sun.

Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

6. Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

In this lesson, you'll learn when the moon will rise or set during four distinct phases: full moon, new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon.

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