1 Introduction of the Moon.
HOOK: Use Mr. DeMaio video to engage students, activate prior knowledge, and create background knowledge.
Direct Instruction: Illustrate and lead guided notes on the phases of the moon. Elaborate on what causes one side to be bright while the other side is dark. Ensure to explain that the moon does not change shape, rather we are seeing different parts of the moon lit at different times.
2 Students will work in small group to create Moon phases presentation
Guided Practice: In small groups, students will create a way to remember the order of the moon phases.
Independent Practice: Students explore NASA application for information regarding the Moon. Use information gathered here to lead to add to final project.
Key Standards Supported
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.