Moon Modeling

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:National Science Teachers Association (NSTA); National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
Publication Date:2014
Summary:"This PDF has students using a light and foam ball to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon. During the activity, students are encouraged to use scientific terms, like """"""""waxing"""""""" and """"""""waning-"""""""" to describe which phase the ball is in. This modeling activity can be the key to a better understanding of how the Moon's orbit around Earth causes changing shapes."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A; ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:1-ESS1-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Structure and function; Systems and system models
Subjects: astronomy; moon; solar; space; sun
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