This project is perfect as a culminating activity to teaching the moon phases! It gives 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, 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 archived the moon phases for every day since 1930, the students look up and record the phase that the moon was in on each of their special dates. I take the students to the computer lab for this.
For the 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.
A grading rubric is included.