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Phases of the Moon

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Chelsea Crisp

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Phases of the Moon
Essential Standards
4.E.1.2
Explain the monthly changes in the appearance of the moon, based on the moon’s orbit around the Earth.

Introduction
Showing of a video:
Warm up
Asking students questions:
Does anyone notice that the moon looks like it changes in shape?
What do you think causes this?
Write on board and discuss
Different phase names:
Cresecent
Gibbous
Waxing
Waning
Activity
Have 3 students reenact the sun, earth, and moon.
Student-A-Sun
will be holding a battery opperated lantern
Student-B-Earth
Will be standing still for this activity, seeing the how much light is on the moons "face"
Student-C-Moon
Will be orbiting the earth, while spinning. The class will see how much light from the "sun" is on the "moons" face.
Follow up activity
Oreo lesson!


By Chelsea Crisp
Have students answer the questions, then move on.
Follow up questions:
Can we name all of the phases of the moon, by watching this video?

Allow the students to answer the different phases than were seen, in the video.
Crescent- Moon is less than 1/2 way seen
Gibbous- Moon is more than 1/2 way seen
Waxing- Moon is growing/expanding
Waning- Moon is shrinking/decreasing in size
As you discuss, write the meaning of these words.
Picture example

Explain to students, that we are going to make the different moon phases. The white in the oreo is the "full moon"
Pass out materials
Make the different phases of moon with students, showing them how each time.
Begin with the full moon, end with new moon

(Use the elmo, if there is time) I did not have the time.
Materials:
Computer:
Images
Youtube
Elmo (if have extra time given)
Lantern
Oreos
Spoons
Reflection
My overall experience was good. I taught this lesson in 20 minutes, thinking that I would have 1 hour and 15 minutes. I feel that the students understood what was being taught. And had fun learning. This experience was an overall great one!
Cites used:
http://powerss.ism-online.org/files/2012/02/phases-of-moon-with-sun.png

http://powerss.ism-online.org/files/2012/02/phases-of-moon-with-sun.png
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