The Phases of the Moon

What phase is that moon in? Young astronomers complete a lunar cycle diagram and describe each moon phase below. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Since there is no information on this worksheet for kids to use, this could be an ideal quiz or note-taking guide
Classroom Considerations

  • We know you know these, but just to make life easier, here are the answers to the top half diagram: new, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent
Pros

  • The diagram graphic is helpful in showing why the moon looks certain ways throughout the month, and the photographs below show kids what it actually looks like from earth
Cons

  • Photographs aren't very high quality