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Our Neighbor, the Moon!


Our Neighbor, the Moon!

Does your child love to stare at the moon? Have you every wanted to teach him or her about the phases of the moon, but find it to be a lot of memorization? In Our Neighbor, the Moon!, we help kids understand what is really happening behind those cool shapes in the sky. Kids learn that what we see on any given night is a combination of our line of sight and the relative positions of the earth, moon, and sun. As with all our mini-courses, these ideas are taught and reinforced by games, activities, and art projects that allow all types of learners to internalize the concepts. Once kids understand these fundamental concepts, they will be able to teach all their friends about what’s really going on with our closest neighbor in space!

Mini-course is provided as a 23-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges

Prefer a printed mini-course? Our Neighbor, the Moon!  is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

 Course Contents

  • Story. A Tour of the Moon with Selene. Let Selene, the Selenologist, teach you how the Earth and moon move with respect to each other and the sun. When this movement is combined with light from the sun, we see the moon differently from the Earth from one day to the next. Make sure to rotate and revolve with Selene!
  • Activity 1. Orbit Around the Earth!  Reenact the movement of the Earth and moon in this fun movement-based activity—make sure to call out the phases as you act them out!
  • Activity 2. Cookie Phases. Once we really understand how the Earth and Sun are moving, it can be fun to just focus on the images we see from Earth. In this edible art project, kids can translate their new knowledge of three-dimensional objects to two-dimensional images.
  • Activity 3. Be a Selenologist! One of the most important parts of being a scientist is making good observations. But when we are starting out, it sometimes hard to know what to look for. Use our included Field Journal page along with online resources to make observations of the moon where you live.
  • Activity 4. Moon Phase Bingo. Let’s put it all together! In this movement-based card game, kids practice matching a three-dimensional situation with a two-dimensional moon phase image. Who will be the first to fill up their moon-phase bingo cards?
  • Curiosity Connector. Check out these online resources to learn more about the surface of the moon and how it moves in space.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. See if you can answer all the questions about the movement of the moon and how it is seen from the Earth.
  • Glossary. Learn important scientific terms used to describe the moon and planetary movement.

Concepts and Ideas

Our Neighbor, the Moon! includes the following Disciplinary Core Idea as described in the Next Generation Science Standards: 

Earth and the Solar System (ESS1.B)

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Veronique Latimer.



Our Neighbor, the Moon!

Deborah McArthur

About Deborah McArthur

Deborah McArthur is a science educator and writer who is passionate about connecting people to the wonders of the physical and natural world. With a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in Environmental Studies, her path has led her through the Swiss Alps, Rocky Mountains, Alaskan rainforest, Pacific Northwest, and back to the coastal redwoods of her native California. Deborah’s experience includes outdoor education, teaching college courses, and designing educational programs and resources for museums and science centers. Deborah writes a regular column and blog - the Nature Connection. She loves kayaking, gardening, and traveling with her family.

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