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This Moon Phases Project resource contains two versions of a similar project. One version I call a ‘mini-project’ as it is less time-consuming and could even be completed in class. Both of these projects are perfect to use as a culminating activity to teaching the moon phases! They both give students the chance to apply the moon phases to important events in their lives.
First, students brainstorm ten events that were significant to their lives and they record the specific dates (month/day/year) of these events. Suggestions include student's birthday, the date his/her parents were married, the date he/she saw favorite band in concert, the day his/her family got their dog, the day his/her favorite sports team won the championship, etc. I usually give this part as a homework assignment so the students can discuss exact dates (and years!) with their parents.
Then, using a website that has historical moon phase calendars by month/year, the students look up and record the phase that the moon was in on each of their special dates.
For the mini-project, each student completes 10 cards containing the event name, event date, moon drawing, and moon phase name. I give each student two sheets of 6 cards each in case they make a mistake and want to re-do a card. Students cut out their 10 cards and paste them onto a single sheet of construction paper.
For the bigger project, each student designs a poster that displays the significant dates and their respective moon phases. The poster can be designed as a timeline or as a collage. Pictures, images, and texture are added to give the poster personalized flair.
Connecting the moon phases to special events will help your students to really remember the moon phases. This is also a fun way to get to know your students and what is important to them.
You may be interested in these Moon Phases Cornell Doodle Notes!
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