Topic outline

  • Welcome to The Moon Over Us Shared Project!


    Image: full moon with paraglider in front

    Welcome to the Moon Over Us project. This project promotes the observations of the Moon by students on different continents. Students learn about the full Moon, its distance from Earth, and how it changes its shape. Each evening they observe and sketch or take pictures of the Moon during before and after the Chinese Moon Festival when the Moon is full. Then students create webpages with their observations about the changes each day.

    In the project, students and teachers from around the world exchange results and analyze the differences of images of the Moon and discuss this information by commenting on each others web pages.

    In addition, students research and share stories, legends, and poetry about the Moon. The result is an intercultural exchange of explanations about the differences of each country from the sky, the data gathering technology, and cultural traditions.

    在“我们上方的月亮”里,学生可以学习更多关于月亮在空中运动的知识。在这里,来自世界各地的学生和教师分享关于月球的信息, 并且在每个人的网页上讨论这些信息。

  • Activity 1: Take a Survey

  • Activity 2: Participant Discussion

    • 活动2:参与者论坛

      After registering for the Project, students and teachers who would like there school on the map need to send email to what school name, city, state and country so all students and teachers participating in the project will be able to see the locations each others' schools and communities.


    • What do you know about the moon?

      What do you know about the moon's circumference?

      How far away from earth is the moon?

      Do some research, what is your favorite moon fact?

      Start a new topic or reply. We need facts, answers and questions about the moon.

  • Activity 3: Creating and Sharing Images


    Example imageTake photographs, videos, and record audio (optional) of the night sky including the Moon over your home each evening. The Moon needs to be low enough in the sky so you can include the ground, trees, or buildings to ensure the picture is right side up.


    Record the exact time and place the image was taken.  记录你拍照的确切时间和地点。

    Create a collage as in the example above. Save the images in .jpg format to be uploaded in the gallery listed below.


    Video or audio recordings can be 30 seconds or shorter and can be recorded with a laptop computer when you take a picture.

    You will use these media items later in this project.


  • Activity 4: Adding Comments to Gallery Pages


    If you are from the USA, please select one gallery from your school and two galleries from other schools that do not have comments. Read the information and comment on the image.


    The comment may contain complete sentences with the answers to these questions: What did you find on the page that caught your eye? What information is accurate on the page? What do you like about the page? After comment please ask a question so the creator will replay.

    你的评论需要由完整的句子组成,并回答以下问题:你在网页上发现了什么东西非常吸引你的眼睛? 网页上的什么信息非常的详细?你喜欢这个网页的什么地方?

    • Read the comments on the bottom of these pages to get an idea of what the comments should be like.

    • Each student please click your school's name and add your moon images as a reply. Also write a description and explaination for each image. You may post moon images, poetry, stories, and information about  moon festival. After you have posted your images and text, click save. When your work is saved, other students can make comments by replying to your work.


  • Activity 5: What did You Learn?