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A Science Notebook Story: Investigating Moon Phases. Why Does the Moon Change? Why Does the Moon Change? Make a Moon Puzzle! #sciencegoals. Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter. Stellarium. Solstice and Equinox - Sixty Symbols. Mechanism of The Seasons. The Reason for the Seasons - National Geographic Society. 1.

The Reason for the Seasons - National Geographic Society

Activate prior knowledge about seasons and sunlight.Explain to students that the Earth orbits an ideal distance from the sun, and this affects the weather we experience here on Earth. Astronomy. Lesson Plans - Elementary - MY NASA DATA. Science Teaching Junkie: Clearest Way to Teach Moon Phases...EVER! This moon phase board was fairly easy to make.

Science Teaching Junkie: Clearest Way to Teach Moon Phases...EVER!

After making a run to the Dollar Tree and rummaging through our science storeroom to collect the needed supplies to make this, it was pretty inexpensive and so worth every penny! Essentially, this Moon Phase board allows students to visualize and better understand the cause of moon phases and comprehend the 2 different views that are often given on a diagram (view from space and view from the Earth).

Up to this point, I've done a Lunar Lollipop Investigation, which I thought was great, but this beats it by a long shot! A large majority of my students don't really understand why the lit part of the moon doesn't face the sun on part of the view as seen from Earth on every moon phase diagram (see below). Even though I give many different examples and explanations, I still see a puzzled look on several of the students' faces.

Followed by the waxing crescent. The first quarter. Then waxing gibbous. The best educational iPad apps for kids. Overview This incredible educational app displays the solar system in the most realistic way we have ever seen!

The best educational iPad apps for kids

Zoom in and out and rotate to navigate your way around the 3D solar system model and view the planets, their moons, the sun and the stars in relation to each other at any desired time of day. You can read about these extraterrestrial bodies, watch interesting videos and even view everything in 3D if you have some cyan-red 3D glasses handy! This app is an absolute must have for educators and can provide children with an intriguing and educational experience. Learning outcome Children are encouraged to learn all about our solar system by interacting with the highly realistic 3D solar system model, reading about the different extraterrestrial bodies and by watching videos that explain different phenomena.

This app suits children who are inquisitive about our world and who learn through play as there is a lot to be learnt when exploring this app. Usability More info. Unknown - 145916main_Astrobiology.Guide.pdf. Stargazers. HQ2TC291.PDF. MoonEarth_vol8.pdf. Hands-On Astronomy Activities « Astronomical Society. PASS Vol 09 - PASSv09-GalacticAddress.pdf. Earth, Earth's Moon, and Mars Balloons. Birthday Moons. Students become familiar with lunar phases by locating and then graphing the Moon phase of their own birthdays.

Birthday Moons

After listening and discussing lunar myths and legends they create their own Birthday Moon Stories. The learner will: generate a birthday moon for his/her birth date this year and the previous year using various web sites. Classify his/her birthday moon and produce a "moon card" of his/her own birthday moon recognize and describe the patterns of the Moon's phases. National Science Education Standards National Mathematics Education Standards Materials and Technology Scientific Background Activity 1: Cut and paste the eight phases of the Moon.

Activity 2: Use "moon cards" to enable students to become familiar with lunar phase sequences and patterns. Activity 3: Find out what the Moon looked like on each student's birthday. Activity 4: Students each draw a picture of their birthday moons on a blank card along with their birth date, year, and name of lunar phase. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 9.

Using Multicultural Dimensions to Teach Astronomy. Using Multicultural Dimensions to Teach Astronomy Nalini Chandra & John Percy, University of Toronto Activity 5: Decoding the Celestial Navigation Clues in the Song, Follow the Drinking Gourd.

Using Multicultural Dimensions to Teach Astronomy

Purpose: Discover practical uses of the sky as a historical navigational aid. Materials: The words to the song and a description of their meanings can be found at the following web site: Print out just the song lyrics for your students. Optional: book or audio tape of Follow the Drinking Gourd. Sky_Heroes.