1. Read the short story Walk in the Sun and describe two lessons this would teach a student about the Moon.
  • The moon is not very big.
  • The "days" and "nights" are different.
  • The moon is very dry.
  • The moon has less gravity (is less massive) so skips and hops can carry you further.

2. Have a discussion with your family or a group of friends and come up with at least ten examples of the Moon in popular culture. (This could be songs, movies, products, etc. -- for example, Eclipse gum or the songs Blue Moon and Walking on the Moon by the Police.) If this is fun, see how many you and your group can come up with and from how wide a range of popular culture.

3. Ask students or coworkers what they have heard about the effect of the full moon on human behavior. If they give you a blank look, hint at what they may have heard that people in emergency rooms, police and firefighters, or staff in baby delivery rooms say. Try to get a diverse range of people to talk to you about this in the course of the week and tally their responses into general categories. There is a widely shared sense among the general population that the full moon causes crazy behavior (“lunacy”) and we will talk a bit about this during the week. But it would be nice to see if you can find evidence of this belief among people you work with.
  • Might be tough since I work in an astronomy department and they all know better!
  • I'll ask my students tonight...

4. Please look through the Moon in Popular Culture Resource Guide and describe how you might use some of these resources in your EPO work.