July 20th is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission when the first humans walked on the moon.  I still remember watching it as a boy on our black-and-white TV set in the living room.

I thought I’d put together a short “The Best…” list highlighting a few resources people might find useful — if you happen to be teaching summer school.

You might also be interested in these other “The Best…” lists:

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The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space

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The Best Images Taken In Space

Here are my picks for “The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing” (and, of course, are accessible to English Language Learners):

NASA has one central site.

We Choose The Moon has been set-up by the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library & Museum. Starting on July 16th, you can “experience a real-time audio and visual re-creation of the historic mission” on the website.

How Stuff Works also has a number of short videos on the mission.

Remembering Apollo 11 is a collection of photos from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture photo blog.

Here’s a quote from The New York Times: “On Thursday, 40 years to the day after the Apollo 11 spacecraft began its journey to the moon, NASA released what it called, “newly restored video from the July 20, 1969, live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk.” You can view it here.

ESOL Courses has a very nice reading, along with comprehension questions, on the lunar landing.

Celebrating Apollo 11’s Return To Earth is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Here are several additions to this list.  All of them are from The New York Times:

Slideshow on what happened to each astronaut after the lunar landing

A narrated slideshow titled Mission To The Moon.

The Incredible Things NASA Did to Train Apollo Astronauts is a photo gallery from Wired.

Here’s a thank you letter from Neil Armstrong to the makers of his space suit.

45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.


Google Earth has added an Apollo 11 interactive.

Apollo 17 is an oddly named, though impressive, Apollo 11 interactive.

First Men on The Moon is another interactive.

One Small Step Back in Time is from Scientific American.

The Moon Landing is from National Geographic Kids.

Bound for the Moon: Apollo 11 Preparation in Photos is from The Atlantic.

The New York Times has published a neat interactive combining portions of the conversations the Apollo 11 astronauts had at the time with photos they actually took. It’s called Apollo 11: As They Shot It.

Man On The Moon is an interactive from Reuters.

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