Science Shorts: Does the Moon Still Matter?by: Kathy Thomas Willhite

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This column provides classic classroom activities that emphasize science process skills. This month’s issue provides several stand-alone and interconnected activities for third graders that are associated with teaching and learning about the phases of the Moon.

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  • on Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:25 AM

Written for preservice teachers this 5E collection of hands-on activities introduces and reinforces concepts about the moon. Students will be encouraged to look up toward the evening sky to observe the changes in appearance of the moon, identify and sequence the eight phases of the moon and learn about how the moon revolves around the Earth. This activity might be useful in the middle or intermediate school as it is written.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:06 AM

This short article gives several activities to help students learn moon phases. It would benefit preservice teachers as well as experienced teachers who are looking for a simple moon phase activity. The article emphasizes the order of the phases but really does not give background information about how the phases are created by nature.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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