Your students will be fully engaged and learning when they complete this fun and engaging hands-on activity! This has been a great way for my students to learn and retain the often confusing concept of moon phases. I use this as a conclusion and reinforcement activity for my moon and lunar phases unit. This lab is exciting for students, and covers important academic topics (moon phases, waxing, waning etc). Addresses many common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NO PREP REQUIRED! Only a few simple office supplies (tape, scissors) are required. Bundle includes: Student sheets sized for interactive notebooks (NO SHRINKING ON PHOTOCOPIER REQUIRED), teacher keys, additional resources, and links to videos and slide shows for enriching this lesson, student lunar phase calendar perfect for classwork or homework. Although I use interactive notebooks, this lab still would be fun and successful for classrooms that do not utilize interactive notebooks. Lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and enriches the concepts of the moon and its phases while reinforcing many common core standards (such as: “Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)."
Approximately two class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science
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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
MS Space Systems / MS-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe
MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. [Clarification Statement: Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.]
These standards are covered when students assemble three different moon phase puzzles that vary the position of the sun relative to the earth and moon. Students further cover this standard by observing the night sky and completing a moon phase calendar.
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