Need resources for teaching the phases of the Moon?
✓ Introduce the names for the phases of the Moon with an image
and a video
the phases of the Moon with a flashlight, a student, and a toy ball.
✓ Gather four or eight students around a student representing the Earth to model the phases of the Moon
a different way. Students can chant while the "Earth" is rotating to remember waxing and waning and the names of the phases of the Moon.
✓ Of course, I included a calendar and images
so students can record the phases of the Moon during a month. You could post the calendar and this could easily be a class activity each day.
✓ Read about the phases of the Moon
. You can choose from three reading levels in English and two in Spanish. It lets you adapt for your student's reading levels! ALL the texts have been recorded so you can listen as a class or a struggling student can listen to the text privately.
✓ Create a third model
for the phases of the moon using a large sheet of cardboard and 8 tippie tops or ping pong balls. This is shown in a video
to save you time and resources OR as a review after you've shown the model to students.
✓ A quick assessment
with both English and Spanish text can be used to assess student understanding before the lesson, as an assessment during the lesson or as an assessment after the lesson. There's also a pencil and paper assessment
with multiple choice items, and suggestions
for assessing a struggling learner or a very capable learner.
How often do you teach science and how long are your science classes? The teaching duration would be about four to six science classes with a bit of extra time after the activities to fill in the calendar!
This activity could be included in a unit designed to meet NGSS 5-ESS1-2♦ and MS-ESS1-1◊.
Need other astronomy
products? Check out eclipses
, inner planets
, our solar system
, outer planets
, phases of the moon - older students
, phases of the moon - younger students
, and sundials
. We even have a solar system BUNDLE
and a phases of the Moon BUNDLE
to save you money!
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♦ 5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
◊ MS-ESS1-1.Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to descibe the cyclic patterns of the lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon and seasons.