The surface of the moon isn't smooth

I chose to write about the surface of the moon for the Galileo children’s book for a couple of reasons. The first is that some children still don’t know that the surface of the moon isn’t smooth, and isn't just colored different shades of gray like a marble. So in writing about this, I will be explaining this to some of the children for the first time. Another reason I chose to write about this topic is because the moon is something that all of the children have seen and can relate to unlike some of the other things in Galileo’s life. By the age of 10 or 11, the audience that our book is aimed at, children will understand that the moon goes through phases and that they happen on a regular cycle; they will understand that the moon is closer to us than the sun although the sun looks bigger. This basic understanding will help this topic be more enjoyable to them. The last reason I chose this topic to write about is because the surface of the moon is something they can see with the help of a telescope, so the children don’t just have to take my word or Galileo’s word that the surface of the moon isn’t smooth, they can look at it themselves which is something I want to encourage.

When picking what topic to write on it wasn’t a hard decision to make. While reading the books we were given I definitely had a favorite part (the surface of the moon) and it was more solidified when I read them aloud to children and it was one of their favorite parts too.

In narrowing down the text and deciding what to write on this topic, I have to keep in mind what knowledge these children already have and how to explain to them that at one time people didn’t think of outer space as we do now, and that not necessarily a bad thing but a stepping stone to where we are now.