Phases of the Moon Teacher Resources
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Space Science: Phases of the Moon
Looking for a terrific activity 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.
6th - 7th Science
Doin' The Moonwalk
If you are looking for an outstanding lesson plan on the Moon for your budding astronomers, look no further! This outstanding plan is full of wonderful, meaningful activities for your charges to engage in. Pupils will discover why there are different phases of the moon, what the surface of the moon is like, along with many other important aspects of Earth's only satellite.
K - 2nd Science
Learners recognize that the eight phases of the moon repeat. In this lunar cycle lesson plan, students experiment to understand the phases of the moon. Learners make observations and complete a "the Moon I See" worksheet. Students record on a calendar the phases of the moon.
K - 2nd Science
Graphing Phases of the Moon
Students illustrate the phases of the moon. In this lunar lesson, students work in teams to graph the phases of the moon for each month. Students line up the graphs and discuss their observations. For an extension activity students create a scatter plot of the fractions of the moon.
10th - 12th Math
The Phases of the Moon/ The Lunar Cycle
Third graders read about the moon and experiment to understand the phases of the moon. In this phases of the moon lesson, 3rd graders experiment with a ball and a flashlight to explore the phases of the moon. Students understand the meaning of phase, waxing, and waning.
Moon Phases and Tides
Here is a terrifc presentation on the Moon, and its phases. Each of the slides focuses on one of the phases of the Moon, giving its name, and the reason why it is in the shape that we see. There is a little bit of information on how the Moon affects the tide levels in our oceans as well.
3rd - 4th Science
Students explore the phases of the moon. In this solar system activity, students listen to several books about the moon including The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons. Students complete a KWL activity concerning the phases of the moon using a variety of media to obtain information.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
The Lunar Cycle
Third graders draw the phases of the moon. In this lunar cycle lesson, 3rd graders learn about the phases of the moon and the shapes it makes in each. Students draw four different phases of the moon and share it with a partner. Students look at a calendar and look for the pattern in the phases of the moon.
Phases of the Moon
Sixth graders learn that the moon orbits the Earth in a predictable cycle. Each learner engages in a two-week observation of the moon. They sketch its appearance, and take note of its position in relation to objects in their yard. Some excellent handouts accompany this lesson, which make it easy to implement.
Phases of Life Poster Project
Now this is a clever approach to familiarizing aspiring astronomers with the phases of the moon! They first record the specific dates for ten special events in their lives. Then they use an online moon phase calendar to find out which phase was visible on each of the dates.
4th - 7th Science
Phases of the Moon
Here is a nice presentation on the ways to determine the phase, and the name of the phase of all the phases of the moon. For example, one slide shows the moon exactly half lit, with the light on the right hand side. This is the First Quarter, based on the side of the moon that's lit, and how much of it is lit.
1st - 3rd Science
Phases of the Moon: Cooperative Learning
Third graders examine the phases of the moon. For this moon phase lesson, 3rd graders listen to a read aloud of The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley and discuss the phases of the moon. They complete a moon phase calendar and watch a demonstration at a web site.