To acquaint students with different phases of the Moon.
Have students use small dessert-size paper plates or construction
paper to illustrate the various phases of the moon There
are four main phases: new moon, first quarter, full moon,
and last quarter. These phases are a result of the amount
of reflected sunlight. (The moon gives off no light of its
own.) Use at least 8 plates to show the progression of phases
the moon would go through in one cycle. See the U.S.
Naval Observatory site for a listing of the phases which
includes a small picture of each and when they occur in
any given month or year.
2. Make a Moon
Use simple materials and follow the direction
sheet included here to create a simple Moon phase viewer
The Moon on your birthday
Have students use one of
the on-line sites to find out what the Moon will look like
on their birthday or what it looked like on the day they
were born. Create a bulletin board display with each student's
Moon phase. Have them determine which phase is represented
Phases of the Moon
This site is updated every 60 seconds at the Lunar Outreach.
Site provides an illustration of the all moon phases. In
addition the age of the moon in days and seconds is listed.
The site also lets you view phases of the Moon from the
past, present and future from the year 1923-2084. Students
can see what the Moon phase was on the day they were born
or what it will be like on their next birthday.
Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface
See a different view for every night of the month. You
can select the month and the day to view. The phase of the
Moon for each day is shown along with close-ups of what
might be visible through a telescope and information about
the features shown. Many interesting areas to explore and
lots of links and information. Site includes "moon
music" to listen to while you explore.
Phase Trek Lesson plan from the Ask Eric site about
how the positions of the sun, the moon, and Earth affect
the phases of the moon. Also, how light from the sun reflects
off the moon.
Phases Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures will help
you show students the Moon in its current phase or for the
specific date (1800-2199 A.D.) you select in any time zone.
A GIF animation on the page helps demonstrate the changes
in appearance as the Moon goes through its cycle.