This activity takes the basic idea of a flipbook to show changes of moon phases due to the position of the Moon, and adds in the changes in tide ranges and types into one flipbook. I recommend using this flipbook after students have learned about the Moon's position and how it effects the phase on Earth. They will also have to know about spring and neap tides and their connection to the Moon's position. (I have included the Tide notes)
The activity includes a blank page for copying, directions for students, notes about spring & neap tides, student answer key, and a lesson description that explains what students need to do and how I plan the lesson.
This activity helps to discover student misconceptions about where the tidal bulges should be compared to the Moon's position. It also heps to determine which students understand that the Spring tides are the result of the Sun and Moon's gravity combined when they are pulling in a straight line. Lastly, the flipbook helps to reinforce the fact that a spring tide is not just about a really high tide, but about a very large tidal range with a really low tide shown on the dock.
The practice of putting in the tidal ranges on the dock and seeing the range change from large to small and then back again allows students to connect it to the Moon's position.
I have also included a few questions in the lesson description that could be open responses in their notebooks. I have students staple the flipbook into their science notebook and then write about what it shows. I also included extensions for gifted students to determine the times that the high tides & low tides would occur and ways to check with current local (if near the ocean!) data.