High School Astronomy and Earth Science - Activity: The Lunar Phases

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This inquiry-based activity uses a light bulb, a tennis ball, and a small ball to model the lunar phases. The time at which each lunar phase can be seen is explored.

This product is applicable to Astronomy, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Physics classes for both middle and high school students. Homeschool students will also greatly benefit.

Instructor's Notes and Student Worksheets are included.

This exercise covers portions of the following California State Science Standards:

Earth Sciences - Earth's Place in the Universe

Investigation and Experimentation

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David Schalek is an award winning, National Board Certified, high school physics and astronomy teacher with over twenty years experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Arizona, and he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in physics from UCLA.

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10 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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