Science Sampler: Phasing in lunar observationsby: Jennifer Wilhelm, Sally McMillan, Kendra Walters, and Emma Lovering

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Increase students' understanding of the phases of the Moon through this interdisciplinary unit which includes a pre-test to gauge students' prior knowledge and a post-test to assess their increased understanding of the taught concepts upon completion of the unit. Students also read multicultural, mythological tales surrounding the Moon and natural phenomena.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
3/1/2006

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  • on Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:52 AM

This article describes a four part approach to learning about moon phases. Students first observe the moon for several weeks, the second step engages students in English class through a look at the multicultural and mythological stories related to phases of the moon, and the third step incorporates what students observed as they model the phases. The conclusion of this mini-unit with the Lunar Phases Concept Inventory is a post made by the students. This article addresses a seventh grade class but I feel that it could work for grades from upper elementary to middle school students.

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

  • on Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:01 PM

This article briefly describes an interdisciplinary unit among English/Language Arts (with a multicultural flair), Mathematics and Science focused upon the Moon. Although it is a brief description, teachers can customize the ideas from the information provided. In addition, there are samples of student work at the seventh grade level.

Bambi Bailey  (Tyler, TX)
Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX)


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