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Moonlight Serenade


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Moonlight Serenade

In this activity, learners act as the Earth and observe how different angles between the Sun, Earth, and Moon affect the phases of the moon we see each month. Learners work in pairs and make observations of a hand-held Moon model in a darkened room from two vantage points. Use this activity to introduce learners to Moon phases, eclipses, spring tides, and neap tides. This resource also has information about rip currents and beach safety.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Table lamp (or another light source)
  • Pencils
  • White styrofoam balls (approximately two to three inches in diameter)
  • Observation forms

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Days
      • Tides
      • Eclipses
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Reflection and Refraction
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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