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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!
A fascinating lesson on the phases of the moon awaits your students. First, 3rd graders take part in an in-class simulation of the phases of the moon by using a flashlight and a ball. Then, students create their own PowerPoint which shows the phases of the moon. They access websites embedded in the plan in order to gain the information needed for their PowerPoint. The PowerPoint slide templates are also included in this incredibly rich lesson.
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.
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.
Young scholars create a model of the phases of the Moon by giving students pictures of the phases of the Moon, a picture of the Earth, and a picture of the Sun. They then take a picture, and stand in correct place to make the phases of the Moon match. Student with the picture of the Sun would stand on the opposite side of the room form the rest of the class, and the young scholars with pictures of the phases of the Moon would stand in a circle around the student with the picture of the Sun.