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Type of Resource: External Resource
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Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School


In this month-long activity, learners/students record data about Moon phases on a data sheet over the course of one complete Moon cycle (approximately 28 days). This log can be modified to also include Moonrise and Moonset data if desired. A brief discussion about this data can occur on most days of the unit. The data will be used to allow learners/students to build a model to account for the phenomenon of Moon phases. Topics include moon phases, moon cycle, moonrise, moonset, day/night, eclipses, and seasons.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Phases of the moon
Intended User Role:High-School Educator, Learner, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Instructional materials


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 6 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Earth Science
    • Changes in earth and sky
      • The moon moves across the sky on a daily basis much like the sun.
      • The observable shape of the moon changes from day to day in a cycle that lasts about a month.
    • Earth in the solar system
      • The motions of most objects in the solar system explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses.
      • Seasons result from variations in the amount of the sun's energy hitting the surface, due to the tilt of the earth's rotation on its axis and the length of the day. (5-8)
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
    • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4)

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