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A Private Universe ProjectWhat are Your Ideas?
IntroductionIn Class Activities

 Sun Moon Spin Activity
You can use this model to test your ideas, or have students test their ideas, about the Moon in the same way that scientists would test their own hypotheses. There are nine possible scenarios. To form a scenario, choose what you believe are the correct ideas about how the Moon spins on its axis and orbits around Earth. Then check the results of your selections to see the motions of the Moon in a view from space and in a view from Earth.

Assumption: Earth spins on its axis once every 24 hours and orbits the Sun every 365 days.

1. How often does the Moon spin on its axis?
Not at all
Once every 24 hours
Once in 28 days

2. How often does the Moon orbit around Earth?
Not at all
Once every 24 hours
Once in 28 days



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