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"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...
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Students use paper plates with various phases to create a three dimensional model of the lunar phases relative to the Earth and Sun, as both an assessment of their understanding and to continue to build a conceptual model through kinesthetic activities.
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Published in 2014
These drafts were written to help delve more deeply into the explanations and descriptions for why we have lunar phases; while the style is similar to other probes, these have not been through the extensive testing done by NSTA's assessment probes.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity is designed to show stdents the relationship between ocean tides and the lunar movements. It uses the tide data for Boston Harbor to show these relationships, but data from other sites can also be used.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Our Moon acts like training wheels for the Earth, allowing for a stable cycle of seasons. In part A, children ages 11 to 13 model how Earth's tilt creates the seasons. In part B, children model that if its tilt was not stabilized by the Moon, Earth's axis would slowly wobble betwen straight up and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The Moon is the reason for our 24-hour day! In this 45-minute activity, children ages 10 to 13 explore the Earth's rotation and the Moon's role.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Children ages 8 to 13 select from a variety of fruits to construct a scale of the Moon, Earth, and Sun. After determining the correct sizes and distances for their models, they remove the Moon. They consider what it would be like if the nearby Moon were no longer reflecting the Sun's light in the...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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In this 10-minute demonstration or 30-minute activity, children ages 8-13 investigate the source of the Moon's light. They consider a ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and experiment with a flashlight to make it appear bright. The children compare the foil-wrapped ball to a Moon globe and discover...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater)...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Children ages 10 to 13 perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children (12 to 13) predict future moon phases. Note that this activity is appropriate for older children (ages 10 to 13) who are able to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Children, ages 8–13, embark on an exploration of Earth's and the Moon's shared history in this 30 –minute introductory activity for the Explore! Marvel Moon module. They work in groups to determine the order of geologic events  — such as the formation of the Moon and when the bright crater of...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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