Step 1 Students and teachers will complete 'snowball' activity to pique interest and engage students in learning more about the moon.
- Teacher will have students to write the following question on their paper, "What do you wonder or know about the moon?" After students write question, have them to write their response.
- Then, equally divide students in half and have them to move to opposite sides of the classroom.
- On the count of '3', the teacher will say "snowball fight'. Students will then (gently) throw their 'snowball' across the class.
- Another student will grab a 'snowball' open, read response and then write their own. The teacher may complete this process 2 more times or as desired.
After that, have students to share our responses from their 'snowball' through Popplet Lite app. Students will create a Popplet based on their thought of the moon.
Step 2 The teacher should read Faces of the Moon to students aloud (whole group). After reading the book, teacher should engage in guided discussion with students by asking the following questions regarding the moon. The teacher may want to record responses on chart paper to refer back to during discussions.
1. What is meant by a 'phase' of the moon?
2. How many phases does the moon have?
3. Why does the moon appear to have phases?
4. What is the best place to view the phases as they occur?
5. What other questions do you have about the moon?
Once the discussion is over, students add new learning to their Popplet.
Step 3 Students will watch introductory video on moon phases.
The teacher will discuss with students the moon phases activity that was represented in the video. Inform students that this process takes about 30 days for the moon to orbit around the Earth.
Students and teacher will then complete the moon phases demonstration.
Moon Phase Demonstration
Step 4 Teacher will review phases of the moon with students. Students will then add new learning to their Popplet and share aloud.
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