Hello, I'm a junior at Penn State Harrisburg as an Early Childhood Education Major. I am assigned to develop a lesson plan designed for a third-grade classroom. I am interested in teaching students about the different shapes of the moon and how they change over the course of a month. I was hoping someone could suggest different ways to introduce and provide activities for them to do to learn about different shapes of the moon? I do want to incorporate interactive activities so that students are actively engaged and not just looking at pictures of different shapes. If anyone knows of specific engaging activities that third-grade students would enjoy, feel free to comment!

Thank you so much for the ideas,

Daniel

Daniel Walsh
Daniel Walsh
465 Activity Points

The NSTA Learning Center offers resources. You can enter your search term and limit by grade level. I also like to limit to lessons and activities. Here is a result I found that you may find useful: 

Here are some others on the same topic, but are not necessarily the hands-on activities:

Emily Faulconer
Emily Faulconer
3450 Activity Points

Hello Daniel, I have always found that teaching abstract lessons that students have no prior knowledge about yet requires a lot of movement to get students engaged and to have a better understanding of words that are being first introduced. for example when teaching about the phases of the moon have students represent the phases with their bodies. the crescent moon could be represented and described as a backwards "C" then have students imitate that movement. it's always positive to integrate the arts. a good closing would be a snapshot. a quick and easy formative to see what position students will choose and maybe you can ask them what that position name is and why they chose that! 

 

https://images.app.goo.gl/PUQ13eqPEH3PEUEJ6

 

Hope that helps, 

Shawnee 

 

 

Shawnee Ragil
Shawnee Ragil
675 Activity Points

Hello Daniel, I have always found that teaching abstract lessons that students have no prior knowledge about yet requires a lot of movement to get students engaged and to have a better understanding of words that are being first introduced. for example when teaching about the phases of the moon have students represent the phases with their bodies. the crescent moon could be represented and described as a backwards "C" then have students imitate that movement. it's always positive to integrate the arts. a good closing would be a snapshot. a quick and easy formative to see what position students will choose and maybe you can ask them what that position name is and why they chose that! 

 

https://images.app.goo.gl/PUQ13eqPEH3PEUEJ6

 

Hope that helps, 

Shawnee 

 

 

Shawnee Ragil
Shawnee Ragil
675 Activity Points

Hi, Daniel.  I found this activity where students act out the moon phases to look promising.  I'm sure 3rd grade students would enthusiastically do this.  https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/moon-phases/

Lindsay Melching
Lindsay Melching
185 Activity Points

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George Mehler
George Mehler
1340 Activity Points

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