Make learning about phases of the moon fun and easy with these letters written by Zog, the alien, back to his people on Zipton. As Zog writes, he explains all about the phases of the moon. You see, Zipton doesn't have a moon, so this is all very new to Zog!
Two sets of letters are included, one for second grade, one for third.
The second grade reading level letters are written at a 2.7 readability level as determined by Okapi Readability. The letters teach second graders that the appearance of the moon changes slowly over time, and why. The same concepts for third grade are introduced, but without the vocabulary used with third graders.
The second set of letters is written for third graders. The reading level is 3.3 as determined by Okapi Readability. These letters cover the concepts of rotation of the earth, the moon's revolution around the earth, and moon phases using the terms waning and waxing.
This unit includes:
Table of Contents (in preview)
Two sheets of vocabulary cards
15 Letters from Zog written on the second grade reading level
15 letters from Zog written on the third grade reading level
Two sets of phases of the moon posters, one for second grade, one for third
Posters to help students understand the movement of the moon
Two quizzes with grading keys
Creative Writing Page
Comments on this resource include:
I bought this one when of my students showed a lot of interest in space and the moon. I taught it to everyone and now all my students love learning about it! It was fun for the students to learn the moon phases. Thank you!
Kids always love aliens-good way to get them learning!
STUDENTS REALLY LOVED THIS!
About this Teacher Author
National Board Certified Teacher (2001-2011), Masters in Curriculum, Gifted Certified, Cobb County Elementary Teacher of the Year, Addison Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bullard Elementary Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Honor Teacher finalist ($5000 award), District 3 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Author of seven books published by The Child's World Press, Wrote online k-12 social studies and language arts curriculum for Coca Cola, curriculum writer for CNN, curriculum writer for American Legacy Publishers 2009-2014, 25 years teaching experience in grades 1st-4th.
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Zog On The Moon: Learning About Moon Phases by Jan Bernard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License