Students from all over the world are asked to observe the moon and identify patterns to gain a deeper understanding about the moon's appearance. Short essays based on student observations are collected by the World MOON Project. Participants then receive a packet of essays from other parts of the world so students are given both a local and global perspective. MOON is an acronym that stands for "More Observation Of Nature," and Students learn to observe nature firsthand and are engaged in global collaboration. Teachers may choose to emphasize different aspects of the project to meet their own needs, and participation in the World MOON Project can emphasize curricular goals in one or more of the following areas: Lunar phases Inquiry skills Nature of science