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Lunar Phases—Student Activity Kit

By: Heather McArdle, Mahopac H.S., Mahopac, NY

Item #: AP6739

Price: $11.25

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Lunar Phases Classroom Activity Kit for astronomy and space science is an activity that uses a durable lunar orbit map to chart the movement and visibility of the moon.

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Why does the Moon appear to have different shapes that repeat on a monthly cycle? What do the terms waxing and waning mean? In this activity, students will be given lunar and solar longitude data and map the orbit of the Moon for a full month’s time! This ingenious activity uses a durable lunar orbit map to chart the movement and visibility of the moon. Learning the phases of the Moon has never been so easy!

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit: 
Lunar phases diagram, 15


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
MS-ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
HS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS2-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
MS-ESS3-1: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
HS-ESS2-5: Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.