What's Eating the Moon?

The moon may look like it's made of cheese, but no one's eating it! Assist your class as they use round objects and light sources to craft a model that demonstrates the relationships between the moon, the sun, and Earth at various intervals during the month. A set of STEM lesson plans contains pre- and post- assessments, as well as expanded ideas to demonstrate higher-order thinking and activity ideas for classroom implementation.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class research each phase of the moon and discuss the relationship between each phase and the local environment
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires background information about the solar system, including the fact that the moon revolves around Earth, that Earth revolves around the sun, and that the moon reflects sunlight rather than producing its own light
Pros

  • Allows the class to demonstrate creativity as they develop a model reflecting moon phases
  • Included assessments allow educators to assess student acquisition of material before and after performing activity
Cons

  • None
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