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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (2) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (6) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (7) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards). Learning Assets (3)


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Subject: Science (6)
Title: Moon Phases
Description: This lesson will familiarize students with the phases of the moon. It can be taught in a unit dealing with the solar system. It involves all learning types-kinesthetic, auditory, tactile, and visual.


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Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Moon Phase Craze
Description: This lesson is designed to use online technology resources to practice and reinforce knowledge learned in class on Moon Phases. Students will view online animations with student interaction, while keeping a log of their phase activities. They will also take an online assessment upon completion of the activity. Following this activity, students will use Oreo cookies to make the phases of the moon in order from new moon through one complete phase and identify each. They will also take pictures of each of their cookie phases and insert into a multimedia slideshow project. On the last page of the slideshow, they can insert a video made with video editing software such as "Movie Maker" and the pictures will loop together that show the moon's phases all in one motion.      


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Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
Description: During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.


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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Phases of the Moon
Digital Tool: Lunar Phases
Digital Tool Description: This interactive gives you a chance to view the Moon from a usual place-standing on the ground in the northern hemisphere, looking south-and, simultaneously, from an unusual place-in space, far above the North Pole of the Earth. The combination of these two vantage points makes clear the connection between the Moon's location in its orbit, its appearance in the sky, and the time of day. *Introduction tab of interactive


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Title: Moon Phases
Digital Tool: Phases of the Moon - Hip Hop Song (free)
Digital Tool Description: Phases of the Moon hip hop song is a free download through "Songs of Higher Learning". This song teaches the phases and explains why the moon appears to change shape over the course of a month. It is a fun, catchy tune that students quickly learn.


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Title: Lunar Phases
Digital Tool: Understanding lunar phases
Digital Tool Description: Have you ever wondered what causes the moon phases? We all know that its appearance changes over time. But why? The good way to understand the phases of the moon is to examine an earth-moon-sun diagram (as per site)


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Phases of the Moon
Overview:
The great visual pictures and demonstrations included in this podcast are sure to catch the interest of young astronomers. Two sixth grade girls explore and demonstrate the eight phases of the moon. First they explain why we have moon phases. Next, the girls described each moon phase and provide visual representations through pictures. Finally, they demonstrate a short hands-on activity students can complete themselves to display each phase of the moon.


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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Phases of the Moon
http://www.discovery...
This student activity helps them learn the phases of the moon. They will also learn how they can use the moon’s position relative to the horizon and to the sun to determine the approximate hour of the night.

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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

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Telling Time by the Light of the Moon!
http://www.discovery...
Lesson plan teaching solar time, moon phases, and angular distance between an observer and celestial object.

Podcasts


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Assessments


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Informational Materials


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Water on the Move Current Events
http://www.mos.org/o...
This site contains great information and experiments. Learn what makes ocean currents flow on this page from the Museum of Science's "Oceans Alive!" Read about some major ocean currents and discover the effects of wind, sun, continents, density, salinity, El Nino, and the Coriolis Effect on currents.

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Phases of the Moon
http://home.hiwaay.n...
Information and simulation of the phases of the moon.

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Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

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Man in the Moon?
http://www.enchanted...
Students can view the site to learn about the moon.

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Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
This site has games and videos to explain and assess students' understanding of the phases of the moon.

Interactives/Games


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Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

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Man the Moon!
http://www.neok12.co...
Interactive site that teaches moon phases

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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Learning Activities


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Water on the Move Current Events
http://www.mos.org/o...
This site contains great information and experiments. Learn what makes ocean currents flow on this page from the Museum of Science's "Oceans Alive!" Read about some major ocean currents and discover the effects of wind, sun, continents, density, salinity, El Nino, and the Coriolis Effect on currents.

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Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

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Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
This site has games and videos to explain and assess students' understanding of the phases of the moon.

Teacher Tools


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Astronomy/Seasons
http://science-class...
This is a complete resource for the study of Astronomy.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science
Title: Lunar Cycle 1: Calendar     
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, includes printable calendars on which students can record their observations of the moon. In addition, it provides illustrations of the phases of the moon (a full lunar cycle) that can be printed, cut out, and given to students, allowing for a hands-on activity in which students place the phases of the moon in the correct sequence on a calendar. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 3-5, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Lunar Cycle 2: The Challenge     
Description: In this tool, created by Science NetLinks, students '' drag'' moons to their correct places in lunar cycles. There are calendars that include illustrations of the phases of the moon for most days, and the challenge is for students to complete the calendars by filling them with the correct moon phases for all days. A child s voice narrates the activity, providing students with ongoing feedback and guidance. There are three levels in this Lunar Cycle Challenge, and after students successfully complete all three levels they can print out a certificate of completion. There is also a printable version of this tool, allowing for a hands-on activity in which students manipulate illustrations of the phases of the moon, placing them in the correct sequence in lunar cycles. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 3-5, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Make a Mission     
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, helps users understand some of the factors involved when NASA designs a real mission to space. In this interactive game, users build a spacecraft in order to explore the planet Mercury--just as the NASA team did when they planned and built the real MESSENGER spacecraft. While this page links to the overview for the Make a Mission tool for grades 6-8, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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