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Making Regolith

This lesson will helps learners answer the question: How does the bombardment of micrometeoroids make regolith on the moon? In this lesson, learners investigate the effects of micrometeoroid bombardment on simulated regolith formation and develop a conclusion by making inferences about properties of regolith based upon observations.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Optional: NASA's KSNN 21st Century Explorer 30-second newsbreak, "What would you find on the moon's surface?"
  • microscopes or magnifiers
  • box lids (shoe box size)
  • boxes (shoe box lid should fit inside)
  • cinnamon sugar graham crackers
  • white powdered sugar, cake mini-donuts
  • newspapers
  • index cards
  • clear packing tape
  • wire strainers
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • small containers
  • safety glasses
  • Making Regolith Student Section


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Johnson Space Center Human Health and Performance Education Outreach Team, NASA


  • Public Domain, NASA,


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