Moon Phases and Modelsby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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From the time they are very young, children are naturally curious about the Moon. They may wonder about the different shapes of the Moon when they look up at the night sky. In this chapter's primary lesson, students discover through direct observations and reading that the Moon’s shape follows a pattern. In the upper-elementary lesson, students explore the reason for this pattern using a model.

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  • on Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:20 AM

I decided to look into interesting ways to teach students about the moon phases. This way they can actually understand it. Because of the simple reason that even I had a hard time grasping the angles the reason behind the different phases. With this Lesson plan I was able to read in depth the strategies that will take place when teaching about the moon phases and how it all connects. After reading the lesson plan it became clearer. Having the steps as to what you will teach and ho you will teach it helps clarify on the teachers end any misunderstandings. As teachers we must use our misinterpretations as an advantage in the sense that maybe your students are just as confused. This way us teachers can clear up any misunderstandings for every one. By incorporating this lesson plan will definitely benefit everyone.

Khrystal Castillo
Khrystal Castillo

  • on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:15 AM

I appreciated that this chapter had different ideas for K-2 and 3-5 for teaching students about the moon, while not sacrificing content! I love the idea of trying out a moon journal in lower elementary and pairing the project with a well-selected trade book.

Anna-Marie S
Anna-Marie S

  • on Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:13 PM

I was hoping for some new way to model the moon phases and really did not find that but the article was still beneficial. It gave ways to teach at different levels using 2 different trade books. I like the way the lesson started out with a book and students misconceptions were addressed as well.

Judy Lucadou
Judy Lucadou

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