Summary: The Moon inquiry is a three-part investigation that allows students to conceptualize the earth--moon--sun relationship in our solar system. In Moon Home Observation, students observe the moon's phases over a two to four week period. In Moondance, students model a lunar month using movement and music. In Moon Model, students participate in a model of the moon's orbit around the earth. This thematic unit focuses on the concepts of phases, waxing vs. waning, gibbous vs. crescent, rotation, and eclipse.
Week 1 : Moon Home Observation (20 minutes)
Week 2: Moondance (45 min.)
Week 3: Moon Model
Note: Special thanks to Scott Hudson, Cincinnati Public Schools, for sharing this activity.
Phases of the Moon
Waxing vs. Waning
Crescent vs. Gibbous
Solar vs. Lunar Eclipse