Does the Moon Orbit the Earth?

by: Page Keeley and Cary Sneider

The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the Moon’s motion. The probe is designed to find out whether students recognize that the Moon orbits the Earth, and, if so, how long they think it takes to complete one orbit.

Grade Levels

Elementary High School Middle School


Assessment Astronomy Earth & Space Science Phenomena Three-Dimensional Learning


Type Book ChapterPub Date 5/29/2012Stock # PB307X_18

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