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Eighth graders investigate the regular motions of the sun, Earth and the moon and explain how these are related to days, years, seasons, eclipses, tides and moon cycles. They participate in an exercise where they explore the similarities and differences of these predictable motions.
Looking for a terrific lesson on the phases of the moon that has lots of good worksheets? With two excellent websites are embedded in the plan, the activity is sure to spark some interest in your astronomy unit. Some common misconceptions regarding the moon are also put to rest. Your students will be over the moon for this activity!
Students investigate the effects of the lunar cycles on living organisms. In this lunar cycles lesson plan, students explain the forces that cause the tides, they discuss the effects of the lunar cycle on living organisms and they describe investigations that can be used to study the effects of the lunar cycles on living organisms. They answer 43 questions about the tides, their cycles and how the moon influences the tides.
If you need a resource to tide you over until you have a little more time, this one can be used to teach your oceanographers about the tides! It explains how the gravitational pull of the moon elongates Earth and tugs on its waters. Spring and neap tides are described in addition to high and low tides. This is a concise collection of slides, perfect for your ocean exploration unit.
Third graders participate in a demonstration of the moon's phases. For this moon phase lesson, 3rd graders watch as the teacher demonstrates moon phases with a bright light and a Styrofoam ball. They answer questions associated with the moon's revolution and directional location.
Learners examine the moon phases and sunrise-sunset time as they study the variability of daylight hours. They discover why the number of daylight hours varies throughout the year. They discover the meaning of winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox.
Young scholars calculate the effect of the moon's gravity on tides. In this earth science lesson, students use data and plot a graph of tidal data available on the Internet. Young scholars complete comprehension questions and draw diagrams of the moon influence on the tides.