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Moon Observations
In this activity students record data about moon phases over the course of one complete moon cycle. The data will be used later in the course when students are building a model to account for the phenomenon of moon phases. Each student will gather data for the date and time, the color of the moon, the weather, the location in the sky and the shape and features of the moon from each day of an entire cycle of moon phases, and record it on a worksheet. This worksheet is available at the link called student activities and can be modified to also include moonrise and moonset data if desired. Links also lead to detailed instructional notes for the teacher and to further information about the moon.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
Subject:
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-670
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Earth-Moon-Sun Dynamics'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison