Understanding moon phases can be difficult for a student or adult of any age. According to the NSF (National Science Foundation), the conceptual process of the moon phases is "misunderstood by adults just as much as children." Well, it's time to fix that!
Note: A more extensive moon phase activity/lab using OREO cookies is also available in the store.
This is a comprehensive activity and mini-lab in which students investigate the dynamic yet predictable nature of lunar phases. Students will investigate the following lunar phases: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. Additionally and unlike any other activity, students will investigate the 8 moon phases by left to right perspective, light versus dark, and personal visual lens.
To reinforce the lunar phase arrangement and process, additional practice is provided within similar yet different pedagogical realms. Options available to you are a solar system map and a lunar order diagram.
Enjoy! It won't be difficult to do so.
Used on many traveling science days. It's a guaranteed winner.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 3rd – 8th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”