Standard 1 : Students will understand that the appearance of the moon changes in a predictable cycle as it orbits Earth and as Earth rotates on its axis.
On your Moon calendar from class record the phases of the moon for today and for the remainder of the month using the interactive ability of the following website:
Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures
If you do not have a Moon Phase Calendar, print one off from the following link and use that one instead of the one handed out in class. Make sure it is the right month and year!
Empty Moon Phase Calendar
Next, view the following animation by pressing the "Launch Gizmo" button and determine how many days it takes for the moon to go through all of its phases. How many days does it take to go from New Moon back to New Moon again? (You will only have 5 minutes to view this simulation after pressing the Launch Gizmo button)
Lastly, complete all three activities on the following website as well as completing all of the Multiple choice questions. Be sure to read ALL of the information contained on the page concerning the activities BEFORE you try the activities.