Early Childhood

Lesson Plan Ideas

Hello,  I am preparing a lesson plan on lunar phases. I was wondering if anyone would be able to suggest ways to make the lesson interesting and interactive? Thank You,  Diane

DIANE TERIAKY
DIANE TERIAKY
340 Activity Points

I would suggest that you use acronyms or come up with memorable story about the content so students can easily recall the information of the lesson.

Ayodele Shofoluwe
Ayodele Shofoluwe
425 Activity Points

Hey Diane, https://www.education.com/resources/lunar+phases/ this is the website i use for my student teaching class to help me prepare my lesson plan. this website provided some really good activity and lesson ideas. also, this is really fun activity by using oreo cookie https://sciencebob.com/oreo-cookie-moon-phases/ . my mentor teacher used this in her 5th grade class.

Fei Zhao
fei zhao
190 Activity Points

My professor had us conduct a model of the lunar phases using Styrofoam balls and flashlights. One person held the Styrofoam ball on a skewer, while another person pointed a flashlight at the ball. While the moon person moves around, the flashlight person stands still. We observed and talked about the different phases we observed and then drew pictures in our Interactive Science Notebooks. He also mentioned that a fun engage activity would be for the students to draw the moon everyday for one full month in their Science Journals. Once they draw it they can label the different phases that the moon went through in one month. I hope this helps someone, I had a great time with this lesson, I am sure a student would enjoy it in their classroom.

Melissa Deleon
Melissa Deleon
440 Activity Points

Hello Diane, I do not know what grade level you are preparing for but, I am student teaching a 4th grade Math and Science class. I am also preparing a lesson lunar phases. I will be including a sorting activity and a fold-able. I will also be a including an activity where the students will each create 3 of the lunar phases using Oreo cookies. The students can remove the top of the Oreo and using a spoon they can shape the cream to reflect a particular moon phase. Perhaps, this may be a fun activity that you can have you kiddos complete.

Isabel Asker
Isabel Asker
330 Activity Points

I will be teaching 3rd grade and these ideas would be great to use!

DIANE TERIAKY
DIANE TERIAKY
340 Activity Points

In addition to making models of the lunar phases with paper and cookies, a fun and interactive way to learn about the moon is for the entire class to make observations of the moon during the daytime. Continue making observations for several months before having students model their observations and make sense of them. Children love to be like real scientists and make real observations! If you have binoculars, and your children are developmentally ready to use them, they can see the craters and compare what they see to a map of the moon to see if they could locate specific features.

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
6530 Activity Points

My daughter had to observe and draw the moon for a month. I have never seen her engaged with her homework like that before.

Hadeel Alrubaye Barries
Hadeel Alrubaye Barries
1010 Activity Points

Hello Diane, I did this exact lesson in my class and it was very engaging. My professor had 2 students in front of the class. Maybe using students as examples can be helpful. One student had a styrofoam ball and the other student had a flash light. The rest of the classroom was observing. When the styrofoam ball moved, the person with the flash light stayed still. This was a visual representation for us to see what happens at different stages of the moon. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Angelica M

Angelica Munoz
Angelica Munoz
320 Activity Points

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