Observing the Moon

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This Observing the Moon activity also includes:

Why does it look like there is a man on the moon? Why does the moon look different every night? These are the focus questions of a lesson that prompts class members to observe and record the nightly changes of Earth's natural satellite.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the activity as an extension to a unit on the moon and the solar system
  • Display labeled pictures of the each moon phase, as well as a lunar eclipse to supplement instruction
Classroom Considerations
  • Provide cups for class members to trace neat circles in their notebooks for the activity section of the resource
  • Resource suggests using binoculars to observe the moon to enhances moon observations, though the lesson works without binoculars as well
  • Hands-on activities keep learners engaged
  • Comparing drawings of the moon allows pupils to see different details they otherwise wouldn't notice
  • Does not come with any worksheets or assessment