Purpose(s) of the Lesson:
The moon appears to have phases due to the position of the moon, earth, and sun. Because of these positions, the moon can be seen at different times of the day and night.
Click on each picture and try to determine what the picture is teaching you.
- Watch the first two BrainPop videos (the first one is basic and the second one is more complex).
- Watch the next three videos (if you have time). They each explain components that will need to be explained in the students' videos at the end of the lesson.
- Save the Bill Nye video for fast finishers or for kids to watch at home (it's long).
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Whole Class Activity:
Create a video that:
(1) shows and explains how the moon's phases work, using models for the earth, sun, and moon.
(2) Explain waning and waxing and how we can tell which one means the moon's phases are getting bigger and which one means the phases are getting smaller.
(3) Be sure to explain the following words/phrases in your video:
If you finish early, watch the Bill Nye video above!