Phases of the Moon

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The moon takes just over 27 days to orbit around Earth. Young scientists position themselves as the earth as they rotate around the sun and hold the moon. This allows them to observe the patterns and phases of the moon.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars teach the lesson to a younger class to reinforce the concepts
  • Assign pupils to take photos of the moon each night it is visible and create their own moon calendars
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of the orbit of the earth around the sun and the moon around the earth
Pros

  • Follows a 5E format
  • Includes answer keys
  • Provides many excellent supplementary resources for those wishing to learn more
Cons

  • None
NGSS