Moon Phase Activity


  • Aug 13 2010 4:36 PM

    MaryRose Lovgren

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In this activity, part of the Private Universe Project from Annenberg Media's Teachers' Lab, students use models of Earth, the Sun, and the Moon to discover why moon phases occur. Students use a styrofoam ball to represent the Moon, which is lit by a single light source in the classroom, to observe how different portions of the ball are illuminated as they hold it in various positions. They create a complete series of phases matching the appearance of the Moon.

Learning Registry Activity


    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 3 to 8

    Topics: Earth & Space Science, Science


    Resource Pedagogy

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    • Teacher Materials

    Tool for: Administrators, Parents, Teachers


    Instructional Strategy

    Teaching Method: Cooperative Learning; Hands-on Learning