Phases of the Moon

Phases of Moon Illustration

Learning Target:
 I can analyze data and make predictions of changes in the lunar phases.

Think about these questions today as we review what we know about the Sun, moon, and Earth:

  • What does a full moon look like?
  • What does a new moon look like?
  • Why does the moon appear to change shape?
  • How long does the phase cycle last?

Vocabulary:

  • full moon
  • quarter moon
  • new moon
  • crescent moon
  • gibbous moon
  • waxing
  • waning

Engage:

  • Video Review:  Phases of the Moon (4 min.)
  • Song:  Phases of the Moon (2.5 min.)
  • Turn and Talk:
    • What does the full moon look like?
    • What does a new moon look like?
    • Why does the moon appear to change shape?
    • How long does the moon phase cycle last?

Explore:

  • Kinesthetic model using styrene balls and lamp
  • Slideshow: Moonphases

Explain:

Evaluation:

  • Notes

Learn More:

For Fun:

Phases of Moon