Lesson Plan

Walking on the Moon

students on trail
walking on the moon

Enrique Becali

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Grade Level:
Third Grade
Mathematics, Science and Technology
1/2 hour for each section
National/State Standards:
Moonwalk, craters of the moon


These activities include simple timing and math which will allow students to compare their walking velocity at school to their pace at Craters of the Moon and on the lunar surface. (CLASSROOM & FIELD TRIP ACTIVITIES)


Students will be able to calculate and compare their velocity on smooth surfaces versus rough surfaces in order to infer the effect of different conditions (roughness of surface, slope, surface gravity) on their speed.


Instructor must review the use of stopwatches prior to the beginning of the activities. Students should also be instructed to walk at a normal pace (no skipping, running, walking fast etc.). Once on the trail distribute the parent/escorts through the group to guide the students (prevent the students from going the wrong way, going off the trail, running or stopping) and to help prevent errors in timing. 

At the school student answers/times should be around 20 minutes per mile. Field trip velocities should be more than 20 but not over 40 minutes per mile.
Lesson plan developed by Teacher-Ranger Enrique Becali in 2013.






 Completeness of work and student effort are the primary assessment criteria for this lesson plan.

Park Connections

These activities complement a field trip to Craters of the Moon by adding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) elements to your visit.


1.       Convert or utilize the metric system to measure your velocity.

2.       Return to Craters in the winter time and calculate and compare your pace while snowshoeing.  

3.       Calculate an approximate pace for an Oregon Trail migrant and compare to student speeds. (Overall distance travelled by Oregon Trail migrants was 2170 miles in about 5 months of travel time).

4.       Ask students if a hammer or a feather will fall faster to the ground…

a.       On earth?

b.      On the moon?

Watch the following demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C5_dOEyAfk
and explore the reasons why with your students.


velocity, pace

Last updated: December 13, 2017