Going Through Phases (Lunar Phase Sequencing)

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This activity originates as an activity that used snack sized Oreo Cookies as the medium for children to carve out the frosting and assemble a Moon phase cycle model. Many schools have passed policies which prohibit teachers from introducing food items as tools in the curriculum, so this paper plate version was developed. Certainly, not as tasty, but inexpensive, reuseable and easy to create. After the teacher has introduced lab activities that suggest inquiry related to how light and shadows interact with three dimensional objects, this activity serves as a two dimensional assessment of the concepts. Teacher places students around the room holding the Full and New Moon phases and students holding all of the various degrees in-between find their place. Process skills for evaluation and comparison are applicable.

Tags: solar system, observation, phases, planets, light, shadows, lunar, simulation, moon

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