One of my favorite units to teach in second grade was an integrated Language Arts and Science unit on the moon. We studied legends and folktales about the moon from around the world and learned about the Native American names for all the full moons. We tracked the moon visually over the course of the month and learned the names for the phases. My second graders were voracious word-collectors and loved the sounds of waxing, waning and gibbous.
In honor of this week’s Supermoon and full lunar eclipse event, I invite you to explore some of my favorite book resources on the moon. Both fiction and non-fiction are on the list below…but even the fiction books have quite a bit factual content about our closest celestial neighbor!
Recommended books on the moon, my personal favorites used to teach an awesome moon-studies unit. Buy them here: http://goo.gl/FCWj6V
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Field Map of the Moon by Sky and Telescope
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Mavis & Her Marvelous Moon Cakes by Dar Hosta
The Moon Book: Fascinating Facts About the Magnificent, Mysterious Moon by Kim Long