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Blue Moons

The Apollo Lunar missions were an important part of man's exploration of space. In the future the Moon may be a very important base for exploration into deep space. The lessons included in the "curriculum" section are intended to help students explore the Lunar Module, Apollo Missions, and the Moon.

Blue Moons ........

Objectives - Overview

To find out what is meant by the saying "Once in a Blue Moon" and why the saying may have come to be. To appreciate the importance the Moon seems to play in our lives through its mention in other phrases, songs, or tales.


1. Web sites to investigate:

What is a Blue Moon?
The answer to this question can be found at

A more detailed explanation of a blue moon which gives more than the folklore explanation is also available.

Here is a link to a Lesson to go along with the saying, "once in a blue moon." This is an art and writing lesson which ties to the science folklore piece.

2. Other Moon Phrases are often used in everyday conversation and written works.
Collect pictures of the moon from magazines or create drawings and prepare a collage for display. To accompany the collage think of all the "Moon phrases" you have heard. Put each phrase on its own small sign and see how many others can define and how many have heard the phrase used before. Below are a few to get you started:

must be a full MOON tonight

MOON over Miami

man in the MOON

promise him the MOON

3. A related lesson, Musical Moon, will also help students explore how the Moon has been used in popular songs through the ages.

4. Tales-Superstitions
Many stories and superstitions about the moon and its powers have been passed from one generation to another, including that the moon was made of green cheese. See how many of these you can find. Write about one of your favorite tales and how it may have come to be told.

5. Science Fiction or Not?
The Moon has been used in numerous stories. Check out the Moon in Science Fiction site to find books that students might enjoy. Books are listed by author with some notes about the book content.