Loony Lunar Phase

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Link to Resource: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/marvelMoon/activities/whatIf/loonyPhases/
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5
Organization:Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Summary:Children ages 8 to 11 discover the Moon's influence on our culture through this 30-minute, light-hearted investigation of lunar phases. The children hear a story, song, or (silly or serious) poem that celebrates the Moon's different phases. They recreate the shapes of the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies, and then they place them in correct order to reveal the repeating pattern. As they eat the cookies, they consider how our culture would differ without the Moon changing shape in the sky over time. They use words inspired by the Moon to write a short poem.
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS1-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns
Subjects: activities; astronomy; earth; earth science; elementary school; geoscience; k-5; k-5 geosource; moon; space; sun; writing
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