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Adventures as Annie: Midnight on the Moon

The last Magic Tree House Adventures session of the year took place on the moon! If you’re not familiar with Magic Tree House Adventures, it’s a library program that I conduct for kids ages 5 & up. Each session focuses on one book from the popular Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne which consists of guest speakers, games, crafts, science, discussions, and fun! Each one is different from the next and at the end, each child takes home their own journal (just like Jack!) that includes facts about the theme of the day and activities they can do at home. This session was based around the book Midnight on the Moon and was by far my favorite session with the Magic Tree House Adventures group.

Where Are We? Who Are They?

Where Are We? Who Are They? is a Magic Tree House Adventures staple. It’s a “game” that I play with the kids where I flash a picture up on a projector and they have to tell me what the picture is about. After a few guesses, I tell them the answer and we move to the next picture. This goes on for 10-12 slides. For example, for Midnight on the Moon I showed pictures of the universe, the sun, our solar system, the moon, space travel, etc. We also watched a couple of video clips afterwards. The first was the recording of when man first landed on the moon, and I also showed 2-3 minutes of clips of astronauts in space.

I don’t typically show videos, but I felt they were necessary visuals for the kids to imagine what it’s like to be in outer space. They seemed to really enjoy them as well (especially the last clip).

Making Moon Craters

Next I divided the group into four teams for rotating activities. One of these activities was “Making Moon Craters”, an idea that I snagged from A day in first grade. Using different asteroids (golf balls, marbles, and acrylic balls) the kids experimented with how the size and distance they drop the asteroid effects the moon’s surface (a large tray filled with flour). They stood on  step stools to drop their asteroids from farther distances, and they also tested them closer.

It was messy, but the nice thing about flour is that you can just brush it off your hands and clothes.

Phases of the Moon Craft

During “Where Are We? Who Are They?” we discussed the phases of the moon. To exercise what was discussed, the kids made a Phases of the Moon chart which was inspired by this craft from learn create love. Beforehand I taped two pieces of cardstock together for each child and also pre-cut all the moon phases (print out found here) and the labels (which I made in a word doc) with help from a few volunteers.

A few of the younger kids still have a hard time with scissors, so I thought It would be better to work on the actual activity instead of having to struggle with the basics of cutting all the moons out. All they had to do was glue the order of the phases of the Earth’s moon with their labels and decorate. Now they have their very own chart so they can note the different phases of the moon at home.

Hubble Telescope Chalk Drawing

The Hubble Telescope takes incredible pictures of places we have not yet been. Pictures that are alluring and are a work or art.

During “Where Are We? Who Are They?” I showed the kids a few of these images, and at this activity table prodded them to create their own Hubble telescope picture using black construction paper, chalk, and star stickers. At this table, I also had a few Hubble telescope images I printed out to use as inspiration.

This idea came from Make it.. a Wonderful Life, but I modified it for younger kids. You can check out the incredible work a 5th grade art class did using this concept here.

Fly to the Moon Game

For the fourth activity, the kids tried their hand and landing on the moon.. Using paper airplane space shuttles. This idea came from Libraryland and was more of a just-for-fun activity where the kids tried to fly a paper airplane space shuttle into a large paper moon.

This activity was extremely low maintenance. All I had to do was print off a few copies of this space shuttle paper airplane template, fold the planes, and  cut out a large moon from white paper. That’s it! My volunteer would stand in different places and the kids would try and hit the moon target with the paper shuttle. Short and sweet.

Read-Aloud How to Bicycle to the Moon

I’m glad there were a few extra minutes to spare after each group completed all four activities because I got to read a new favorite book of mine, How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple But Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps by Mordicai Gerstein. It is a wonderfully silly story that is infused with facts about the moon. If you haven’t read this book yet, be sure to check it out. You’ll be so happy you took the 3 minutes to do so!

Magic Tree House Adventures Journal

As I mentioned before, after every Magic Tree House Adventures each child receives their own Magic Tree House Adventures Journal that I put together using the Magic Tree House nonfiction companion guide. I also incorporate a few fun activities that are from the Magic Tree House website, or anything I can find from various books or educational websites.

If you would like a copy of the Midnight on the Moon Journal to use in your classroom or library, please send me an email using the contact form or by emailing me at sturdyforcommonthings (at) gmail (dot) com. I receive requests daily for Magic Tree House Journals, and it’s much easier for me to keep track of who I’m sending what if you email me.

That sums up my last adventure as Annie for awhile! This has been an extremely enjoyable program to put on, and one that was very popular with the kids as well. ‘Til next time!

image sources: man on the moon, hubble telescope image

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31 Responses to “Adventures as Annie: Midnight on the Moon”

  1. chereste west says:

    Hello! I’d like a copy of your Midnight on the Moon journal. We are starting moon phases next week and I think this would be a perfect addition to our lesson.

  2. Josh says:

    Please send me a copy

  3. Donna Lynch says:

    I would love a copy of the journal. We are beginning a unit on the moon.

  4. Thomas Sawyer says:

    I would love a copy of the journal. Planning to start this unit next week and that would be the perfect supplement!

  5. Lynn Logsdon says:

    I would love to have a copy of your Midnight on the Moon Journal. We are just starting our book adventure and think your journal would add a great deal to our study!

    • Rebecca says:

      Hey Lynn, For some reason I’m having trouble sending you a journal to the email listed in the comment. Could you email me and I’ll reply with a copy? sturdyforcommonthings (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

  6. Betsy Brown says:

    I would like a copy of the Midnight on the Moon Journal! Thank you for your great resources!

  7. Susan says:

    This is awesome. Would you please send me a copy of your journal. I am teaching Magic Tree House Camp in July and this would make a great resource. Thanks so much.

  8. Lauren says:

    I would love a copy of your journal please!

  9. Erika says:

    imwould love a copy!

  10. Micheline says:

    I would like a copy of the Midnight on the Moon journal to use with my ESL kids! thanks for such a great resource.

  11. Michelle Kelley says:

    please send me a copy of the Midnight on the Moon journal. I will be using it during summer school. Thanks!!

  12. Ramon says:

    I would like a copy please!

  13. Kara says:

    Please send me a copy. Thank you

  14. Susan says:

    I would love to have a copy of this journal. Fantastic!!!!

  15. Teresa says:

    Yes, I would love a copy of this journal. Thank you

  16. Nicole says:

    i would like a copy of the journal.

  17. Lauren Wydra says:

    I would love a copy of the journal! Thank you!

  18. Alyshia says:

    I would like a copy of the space journal. Thank you so much!

  19. Vanessa Loftis says:

    I would love a copy of the space journal. Thank you so much for doing this.

  20. Jena Simms says:

    Hello teacher friend,
    I would love a copy for a class I am teaching this summer on this book. Please and thank you!

  21. Hillary Pratz says:

    Hello! I was just came across your blog post and I am in the process of planning “Midnight on the Moon” with my third graders. I would love a copy of the moon journal if possible.
    Thank you so much!

  22. Erin says:

    I would love to have a copy of your Midnight on the Moon journal. I am a 4th grade teacher working with some third graders trying to challenge them a bit further. We’ve done a book club and this would be a great resource to use now.

  23. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I would love a copy of your midnight on the moon journal. I’m trying to put together plans over the summer for my higher level readers. I love your little book!

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Nancee says:

    I would love a copy of Midnight on the Moon for my Sped class

  25. Danielle says:

    I would all your magic tree house adventure journals! I can’t wait to do this with my class!

  26. Brittany Davenport says:

    I know this post is from a long time ago but if I could get a copy of your moon journal that would be amazing. Thanks!

  27. Samantha Shellenberger says:

    Please send me a copy of the Midnight on the Moon Adventure Journal. I would like to see if it would work with the curriculum we are planning for our upcoming summer program! Thank you! :)

  28. Ann Maurer says:

    Is the Midnight on the Moon booklet still available? If so, I would love to use it with my first graders in the coming weeks as we study the moon.

    Thank you!

    Ann Maurer

  29. Christine Photopulos says:

    Thank you for the great ideas. i would love a copy of the moon journal for my first graders.
    Thank you,
    Christine

  30. Geraldine says:

    I would like a copy of the midnight on the moon journal. We are beginning our space unit next week.

    Thank you!!
    Geraldine

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