Author:
Erin Lundgreen
Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Nearpod
Level:
Upper Elementary, Middle School
Tags:
  • Moon
  • Phases
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Video

    Education Standards

    Phases of the Moon

    Phases of the Moon

    Overview

    This interactive, month-long unit on the phases of the moon includes a nearpod video, chart and model/project ideas to help students develop and use a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases.

    Utah 6th Grade SEEd Core 6.1.1

    Summary

    Core Standard: 6th Grade SEEd Core 6.1.1

    Students will view and participate in a discussion about the nearpod video on moon phases. (Be sure to use the interactive pause feature in the video to stop and talk about the information.) They will then observe the moon phases from home for 2-4 weeks and complete their own model. Examples of models could be physical, graphical, or conceptual.

     

    Teacher Background

    -This google slide show has some great ideas and information for teachers:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uhW6xzbQBq6aWpQJvdEV4SZ7zJ7MwI9KLGBbIg7iiwY/edit#slide=id.g3c63186724_0_14

    -This Gale article includes information, vocabulary words, and a model activity:

    https://go.gale.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T001&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=MultiTab&hitCount=6&searchType=BasicSearchForm&currentPosition=2&docId=GALE%7CCX3679900080&docType=Experiment+activity&sort=Relevance&contentSegment=ZMID-MOD1&prodId=MSIC&pageNum=1&contentSet=GALE%7CCX3679900080&searchId=R1&userGroupName=onlinelibrary&inPS=true

    -Words to Know:

    Crescent:
    A descriptive term for when the Moon is either waxing or waning and less than half of it is illuminated.
    Gibbous:
    A descriptive term for when the Moon is either waxing or waning and more than half of it is illuminated.
    Orbit:
    The path of a planet or another object around another body, such as the Sun.
    Phases of the Moon:
    The changing appearance of the Moon from Earth.
    Waning:
    In reference to the Moon, when the Moon is moving from full to new.
    Waxing:
    In reference to the Moon, when the Moon is moving from new to full.

    -Join my 6th grade SEEd Core Pinterest board to choose a culminating activity that will work for your class:

    https://pin.it/4UdDmoY

    Some helpful tips about using video in the classroom:

    -Keep the lights up a little so the students don't feel it is time to sit back and relax

    -Provide a focus for media interaction (will they write, raise their hand or color during?)

    -Make sure students know they can ask to pause when they need clarification, or have comments

    "Ideally video will be used in conjunction with field trips, guest speakers, letter-writing projects, & journal writing"

     

    Student Prior Knowledge

    A limited understanding about the orbits of the moon and earth will be helpful. 

    Objective and Instructional Procedures

    Objective: Students will observe and explore the phases of the moon and be able to describe lunar patterns producing a model and presenting it to the class.

    Procedures:

    1. View the nearpod video about moon phases. Be sure to use the interactive pause feature in the nearpod to stop and talk about the information. You may also like to ask questions like - "write down 2 things you didn't already know about the moon." "Would you like to go to the moon, why or why not?" "Tell about a time you witnessed a solar or lunar eclipse"

    2. Prepare your moon phases chart to take home by writing the vocabulary words on the back to refer to through the month:

    -Words to Know

    Crescent:
    A descriptive term for when the Moon is either waxing or waning and less than half of it is illuminated.
    Gibbous:
    A descriptive term for when the Moon is either waxing or waning and more than half of it is illuminated.
    Orbit:
    The path of a planet or another object around another body, such as the Sun.
    Phases of the Moon:
    The changing appearance of the Moon from Earth.
    Waning:
    In reference to the Moon, when the Moon is moving from full to new.
    Waxing:
    In reference to the Moon, when the Moon is moving from new to full.

    3. Observe the moon every other day for 4 weeks and draw a simple picture of what you see on your chart.

    4. Return charts for credit

     

    Assessment

    Complete a moon phase model. (See teacher materials to review all the model ideas) Be creative using items around your house or school. Label your model with vocabulary words from the unit. Present your model to at least one class member.