Students from all over the world are asked to observe the moon and identify patterns to gain a deeper understanding about the moon's appearance. Short essays based on student observations are collected by the World MOON Project. Participants then receive a packet of essays from other parts of the world so students are given both a local and global perspective.
MOON is an acronym that stands for "More Observation Of Nature," and Students learn to observe nature firsthand and are engaged in global collaboration. Teachers may choose to emphasize different aspects of the project to meet their own needs, and participation in the World MOON Project can emphasize curricular goals in one or more of the following areas:
The World MOON Project is flexible, and each teacher can adjust the level of participation to meet their own needs. Free handbooks are available to guide teachers and students through the project. Click Teacher Handbook or Student Handbook to view the handbooks for a more detailed description about how the project works. Teachers will also have access to the CMPA-R, a 31 item computer based test that can be used as a pre-test and/or post-test. Teachers will receive score reports to track student progress and growth. Click CMPA-R for more information.
Students’ identities remain anonymous, and emails are not exchanged with students. The web site is strongly protected, so the participants are as safe as possible.
Dozens of teachers and hundreds of students from across the globe participate in the World MOON project each semester. All teachers are invited to enroll their classes for free. The handbooks are primarily written for grades 4-8, but the project is open to all ages. There is no cost to participate in the project.
The project takes place each semester. The fall semester typically runs from August to November, and the spring semester runs from January to April.
. Enrollment is completely free and is open to teachers and students from anywhere in the world.