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Looking for a terrific lesson plan 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 plan 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 plan.
Seventh graders keep a detailed moon journal that charts the phases of the moon's cycle and describes the reasons why the moon's appearance changes.
In this moon phases worksheet, students learn about the different phases that the moon goes through. They then use the information the learned to answer the 9 questions in the packet. The answers are on the last page.
Students illustrate the phases of the moon.  For 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.
Students explore the concept of trig graphs.  In this graphing lesson plan, students use the phases of the moon to practice graphing.  Students graph the phases and label the axis and monthes, then discuss what they find. 
Students determine the phases of the moon. They observe experiments to formulate explanations for moon phases. Students identify waxing crescent, waning gibbous, and the causes of the phases.
Students sketch the different phases of the moon after exploring them on an internet program. In this moon phases lesson plan, students discuss how the Sun, Earth, and Moon are related.
Students listen to a teacher read aloud of Geoffrey Moss', Henry's Moon while focusing on the pictures of the moon. They view the phases of the moon at a websites while working with the teacher. They make the phases of the moon using round crackers with Cheeze-Whiz.
Students study the phases of the moon. In this science lesson, students use Second Life to explore the moon. Students examine the phases of the moon.
Fifth graders explore the phases of the moon as it relates to the calendar.
Students 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 students with pictures of the phases of the Moon would stand in a circle around the student with the picture of the Sun.
Third graders model the phases of the moon. In this lunar phases lesson, 3rd graders work in groups to create the moon and the Earth out of Play-Doh and use a flashlight to demonstrate how the phases of the moon occur.
Third graders examine the phases of the moon. In this moon phase activity, 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.
Third graders investigate the phases of the moon. In this space science lesson, 3rd graders observe the moon for two weeks and illustrate the moon on an activity sheet each night. Students discuss the pattern in their illustrations.
Third graders create a simulation showing the phases of the moon in a PowerPoint slide show. They identify the moon phases and view a simulation to see how the sunlight makes different parts of the moon visible during the different phases of the moon's orbit around the earth.
Third graders create a flipbook. In this phases of the moon lesson, 3rd graders examine how the moon changes and phases occur.  Students create their own flipbook of the phases of the moon using file cards to create a motion-picture effect.
Watch and learn about the four phases of the moon. New, first quarter, full, and last quarter are all covered in this highly visual video. While this clip stops prior to finishing a full description it does a good job of showing what the moon looks like as it goes through its phases. A good visual aid to a lesson on the moon.
Students model the motions of the Earth-Moon-Sun system to explain moon phases; examine the relationship between the movement of the Earth and the illumination of the Moon; and explore selected Web sites to research the Moon phases and the Moon.
Learners work with a partner, Styrofoam ball and light source to simulate the positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun at various stages during the phases of the Moon. They describe why the Moon is visible from Earth and complete a worksheet.

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