|Phases of the Moon|
This activity has students work in small groups, using Moon observation data to identify a pattern in the way the Moon appears to change shape. They use their Earth-Moon-Sun (EMS) model to account for the cycle of Moon phases and answer extension questions related to this phenomenon. Students will take a quiz on Moon phase identification, complete an EMS model summary sheet, and complete a self-assessment form. Students then work in small groups to simulate the pattern of Moon phases using a light source to represent the Sun and a Styrofoam ball to represent the Moon. Students' heads should represent the Earth in this simulation. This site also includes instructional notes for the teacher, worksheets for the student activities, suggestions for assessment, and student work examples.
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Cost / Copyright:
Copyright 2002 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-675
This resource is part of 'Earth-Moon-Sun Dynamics'
This resource requires 'Face of the Moon'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison