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Third graders read about the moon and experiment to understand the phases of the moon. In this phases of the moon lesson plan, 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. Students complete the lesson plan by diagramming the phases.
Learners illustrate the phases of the moon. In this lunar lesson, students work in teams to graph the phases of the moon for each month. Learners line up the graphs and discuss their observations. For an extension activity students create a scatter plot of the fractions of the moon.
Third graders examine the phases of the moon. In 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. They complete an exit card with three facts or questions.
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.