Phases and Eclipses of the Moon

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Carleton College; Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Summary:"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their observations of the real moon, drawing simple diagrams and completing complex partial diagrams, students """"discover"""" the causes of phases and eclipses and the period of the moon's revolution and rotation."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-4; MS-ESS1-1; MS-ESS1-2; MS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; earth; high school; middle school; moon; space; sun
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