Earth and Space Science

The Phases of the Moon

What are some good strategies and activities to use for ELL students when teaching them about the phases of the moon? 

Nicole Rodriguez
Nicole Rodriguez
245 Activity Points

The phases of the moon is a cool lesson becasue you could do the whole thing without saying a word. Demonstrating the moon phases lends itself to the use of viusal aids, and doing it kinesthetically by having students hold manipulatives and move around each other could be a very fun way for them to access and undersand the concept. NASA/JPL has a lot of resources for space science, including moon phases (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/moon-phases/).

Jake Schulke
Jake Schulke
1035 Activity Points

This is awesome! I also recently was told by a friend that you can give students a dice that has different images of moon phases on it, and based on whatever phase they land on, they have to predict where the moon is in its cycle and what the next phases to come should be. I thought that would be a cool activity to try next year!

Jennifer Toy
Jennifer Toy
715 Activity Points

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