Lesson Plan

Visiting the Moon - Without Leaving Idaho

astronaut holding a flag

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Science
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes
State Standards:
Grade 7: 1.2, 1.6
Grade 8-9 PS: 1.2, 1.6
Grade 8-9 ES: 1.2, 1.6


You will go through some of the same training experienced by astronauts Alan Shepard, Eugene Cernan, Edgar Mitchell, and Joe Engle in preparation for the Apollo missions to the Moon. You will study some of the same volcanic features and then take a trip to the Moon, just like they did. You will then do something they were never able to do: visit other planets in our solar system and identify volcanic features.


Instructors should refer to the Resource Page for additional information.

The Craters of the Moon Timeline


Instructors should refer to the Resource Page for additional information.

Lesson Hook/Preview

Have you ever wondered what kind of research and preparation was necessary before people went to the Moon? The series of activities presented here will take you to a very strange and unique area of the United States.You will experience how the monument and the Snake River Plain of Idaho were used to prepare our lunar explorers.

Who knows where this training will lead? Maybe someday you will be the new space explorer.


Activity 1: Who Wants to be an Astronaut?
Activity 2: Slip-Slidin' Away
Activity 3: Beyond the Moon...and Back...To Craters of the Moon


Terms, definitions and links can be found on the Glossary Page.

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Last updated: February 2, 2018