Sun and Moon Autumnal Equinox Activities

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This Sun and Moon Autumnal Equinox Activities activity also includes:

Two hands-on activities celebrate the sun and moon autumnal equinox. First, scholars create a cairn using a shoebox, flashlight, and drawing tools to view the sun's progression. Second, learners take to the kitchen to bake mooncakes and reflect on the lunar cycle. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson with an investigation of the link provided for Loughcrew Cairn to gain interest and focus 
  • Coordinate with the school cafeteria to prepare and bake mooncakes
  • Design a bulletin board that showcases the new season including information about Loughcrew Cairn and the lunar cycle
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils do not need to be part of a Montessori classroom to take part in these activities 
  • Take allergies into consideration prior to bringing in food for the mooncakes
  • Provides hands-on learning experiences to enhance comprehension
  • Brings awareness to other cultures and how they celebrate the autumnal equinox
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