Hi! I am new to this! I am a grade 7/8 science teacher and a NASA core trainer and just love the moon (and all the stuff around there!!
I live in Indiana and teach at a magnet intermediate school. I have 2 children (21 and 17), a husband, an English Springer and 2 guinea pigs!
OK! Now I have read the others and this looks really poor! I have a BS in Biology and MAT in ElEd and credentials in science through grade 9. I absolutely love space science!! About 6 yrs ago I was approved for a program through NASA and GSUSA to train once a year at a NASA facility and to take this to girls! It has been a fascinating time and there are 25 of us who remain in close contact! This past July we trained at Houston Space Center on Return to the Moon - one of the trainers suggested this course and I, of course, jumped at the chance. I worked on the educators side of Stardust Mission and recently (June 2006) helped write curriculum for Imagine Mars (NASA).
This sounds like it will be lots of fun and if I can get all my credentials in science - I will love it!! The Masters in Space Education sounds wonderful - I hope to hear more about it!
WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT
I currently teach grades 7/8 science and have been trained by NASA to provide outreach to the community about their projects and missions. I use current space topics as my daily journal entry for 8th graders so they will be up-to-date on things that are happening and to get their thoughts on them
I am hoping this course will fill in the gaps in my knowledge about the Moon. I just received my book and have started reading it. This will really give be some better and more current information on the Moon and its formation.

WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT:
Looking at the moon has been a challenge. We are in a heat wave in Indiana and it means clouds, fog and haze. Make that little scrap of moon interesting to view. I can only identify a few of the features - Ocean of Stroms I think is uncovered by shadow. I see hazy features when the sky brightens a bit and in the morning I have noticed more of the mare are visible, although not too clearly. As I drive to school and without trying to rearend the car in front of me, I have been trying to see parts of the moon not visible at night.
I will keep adding to the list as I can find things this week.
Questions about the history and geology of the moon: I am curious about the lava oceans you mentioned in your lecture. How pervasive were they and does that mean that basalt is the main form of true moonrock?? The ones I thought were interesting at Houston had streaks of green in them and were the light-color rock. Were these formed by impact of part of original moon surface?

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ASSIGNMENT WEEK #3
I loved looking at the Earth craters ---I spent some time looking at one near where I grew up in Virginia on the coast - near Cape Charles --it looks like its in the Chesapeake Bay!! Never knew that!
The one closest - and its pretty close to where I live now is the Calvin #28 Michigan which is a little north and east of Granger, IN It is 8.5 km and 450 (million?) yrs old It says its not exposed and has been drilled - the rock formation is shale.
To back up to Week 2 ---I watched that little scrap of moon as much as I could with Venus chasing it in the morning --I cannot identify any more places we should know about. We have had clouds (this is the Great LAkes - never a clear nite country) and could not look for the last 3 early AMs......but will try to find something as we get more of a view.


WEEK 4 ASSIGNMENT
I want to add my bit about pop culture on this page without borrowing from the others. I actually had fun with this assignment and need to write it down as my husband keeps thinking up additions for it --its been a real trivia match for us!!
1. Desert Moon --song 2. Moon Over Miami -- song
3. Moonstruck -- movie 4. Apollo 13 -- movie
5. Earth to Moon -- Jules Verne 6. Fly Me to the Moon -- SInatra
7. Bad Moon Rising --song 8. By the Light of the Silvery Moon -- ? song
9. Moon Boots -- fashion 10. The Honeymooners -- TV
11. Moon-Dog Ball in Cleveland -- RR 12. Moon Pie - southern good eatin'
13. Moon mag wheels - for cars 14. moondoggin' - surfing
15. I'm Being Followed By A Moonshadow -- Cat Stevens


WEEK WHATEVER!
I know we were assigned to watch for the moon at full blown FULL and see what we could see
Well, I have assigned my students to this also! It has been an amazing week of viewing the moon --I almost rear-ended another car on the way to school because I was focusing on the moon and what I could see --naked eye view!! WOW!! My kids have come up with amazing views and they are all excited about the large moon and all the views we have. So whenever the assignment was made about "what things we can see" I saw it all!!! And it was fabulous!!


WEEK of Nov 5
I am supposed to submit a lesson on this space today.
My lesson is about LRO
The LRO is a robotic mission that will study the moon during its orbit. It will primarily orbit the polar regions to study the environment. This lesson will be part of an ongoing study of the moon for future landing sites - different from the Apollo Missions. Why? Because we need to find a spot well protected and having the necessary geologic materials for us to set up a "camp" and the students are to study the different areas of the moon looking for the right spot. The LRO mission will assist them in this endeavor.
The webquest will be to use the NASA sites for the moon and to obtain information needed for their mission.
There are six instruments on board the LRO that will give information on a variety of topics such as topography, radiation, temperature, light and minerals.
Students are to map areas of the moon as they obtain information they need. They will each have a moon map to work with and the logistics for planning a landing site that would be appropriate.
By using this information and making predictions about the areas that could be possible landing sites, the students will plan a place where humans can work and live.

Is this what you need for a lesson? I am only to the webquest portion and have probably not answered all the questions. Please let me know.