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The Moon in Questions

Competitive game in which each team attempts to answer questions about the Moon and other moons in the solar system.

Grade level

Grade 4 and up (age 10 and over)


The Moon is the celestial body closest to us. It has fascinated us for a long time, but we still have so many questions. This activity uses a bank of questions to which we know the answers. This bank can be used in different ways for a number of games.

This activity requires a leader, who decides how to present the questions to the participants (printed and cut out or projected onto a screen) and keeps track of the score.

You will need

How it works

  1. Print the questions and answers double sided and cut them out to make cards. The document is set up so that the answers will print on the back of the questions. You will also find a list of all the questions and answers at the end of the documents.
  2. Split the group into teams.
  3. Ask all teams a question.
  4. Each team has a predetermined amount of time to visibly write their answer on their tablet, board or a piece of paper.
  5. When the time is up, each team shows their answer to the rest of the group.
  6. The person responsible gives the correct answer and an explanation, and awards points to the teams that answered correctly.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 7 until all questions have been asked, or as time allows.
  8. The team that scored the most points wins.

Possible variations

Other question banks are available in printable card format. Again, a list of all the questions and answers is included at the end of the documents.

You can also use these question banks in different ways: for example, for evaluations or quizzes using applications such as Kahoot©.

Here are a few ideas:

Curriculum focus areas

Key concepts related to the science curriculum

  • Night sky
    • Apparent movement of celestial objects
  • Earth-Moon-Sun system
    • Revolution and rotation of Earth
    • Phases of the Moon
    • Lunar and solar eclipses
    • Tides
  • Solar system
    • Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteorites, comets
    • Evolution of knowledge about the solar system
    • Theories on the formation and evolution of the solar system
  • Space exploration
    • Canadian and global contributions to space exploration technology and research

Complementary knowledge about the Moon

  • Visible side of the Moon
  • Comparison between our Moon and the other moons in the solar system
  • Composition of the Moon (geology)
  • Surface of the Moon (geography)
  • Formation of the Moon

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