Erica taught a 5th grade unit on the phases of the moon. After keeping moon journals and manipulating several models, students practiced explaining the phases of the moon to each other.
At the end, Erica asked her students – what are you still curious about? Here are a few examples of their questions: “Has the back of the moon ever been lit up?” “Why is the moon linked to the sea?” “If the sun disappeared, where would the planets go?”
Erica wondered, what should she do with all these lingering questions? Her students had pen pals from a city in France. She decided to establish a question exchange where students from both cities sent each other their lingering questions about the moon. Her students were excited to realize that kids on another continent were looking at and wondering about the same moon!