Golf Ball Phases

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Link to Resource: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/phasesSeasons/golfBalls.pdf
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Format:pdf
Organization:Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Summary:"Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a """"blacklight"""" makes it easier to see the phases of the Moon. Students will: demonstrate the Moon's phases in their correct order using a golf ball and blacklight to model the sun and Moon; describe the relationship between the pattern of lunar phases and the cause of lunar phases."
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
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
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; activities; astronomy; earth; earth science; geoscience; high school; middle school; moon; space; sun
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