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  • UOL6-8
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    Dark Side of the Moon

    Dark Side of the Moon


    This resource is a Science student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's Research in Context 6-8 to help students learn about the moon. 

    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Essential Question: Why explore space?

    The dark side of the moon is only called “dark” because we never see it, and so it is considered mysterious and “dark”. It actually reflects light from the sun in the same way that the side that we see reflects light. And NASA has many pictures of the far side of the moon. Have students construct a diagram visually showing why we never see the far side of the moon from the surface of the Earth.

    The resources in Utah's Online Library such as Gale’s Research in Context Grades 6-8 can help students with their moon research.


    Curriculum Connections:

    SEEd - 1st Grade

    SEEd - 6th Grade