Going Through a Phaseby: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas as to what accounts for the phases of the Moon. It is designed to find out if students recognize the role of light reflection and the positional relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun in understanding why we see different phases of the Moon.

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  • on Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:21 PM

In this chapter, students will explore the phases of the moon. The probe asks students to explain why we see different phases of the moon and asks them to explain the "rule" or reason they used to determine their answer. The chapter includes teacher notes and breaks expected prior knowledge down into elementary, middle school and high school levels. It details how to administer the probe, related research, suggestions for instruction and related NSTA publications and journal articles. This is an excellent probe that will help identify and correct student misconceptions about the phases of the moon.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:41 PM

NSTA kindly includes the introductory information for clarity with this formative assessment probe from Uncovering Student Ideas in Science by Paige Keeley. The probe assess student ideas about the phases of the moon. Additional information is provided to clarify what is expected of students at each level of the National Standards and what common misconceptions are. If a teacher wishes to try assessment probes before purchasing the books, this would be a good probe to use.

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

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