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Below is a sample breakdown of the Formation & Phases of the Moon chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The moon's formation||Condensation, capture, fission and giant impact theories|
|Tuesday||Lunar geology||Maria, terrae, terminator, ejecta, porous rock, low-density rock, moon dust|
|Wednesday||The moon's atmosphere and phases||Lunar, thinness, hydrogen, helium, neon and other properties; new moon, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous|
|Thursday||How moon phases are affected by the Earth and sun||Same side facing Earth, lunar illumination, new moon, experiment, synchronous rotation|
|Friday||The motion of the moon and predictions for rising and setting||Counterclockwise, roughly four weeks, half a degree, full orbit around Earth, lunar month; above the horizon, below the horizon, new, full and quarter moons|
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.
2. 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.
3. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon
This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.
4. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence
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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
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