Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Lunar Phases - Section 3: Part 1 (Comprehension - Visualization - Demonstration)


The video in this lesson presents several ideas explaining the phases of the moon. After having taught this lesson, I decided the next time I teach it I would begin first by asking my students to take a moment to think about what they think causes the phases of the moon and write these ideas down in their science journals. Then students would turn and discuss with their tablemates their ideas and have these ideas shared out to reach a class collection of ideas.

I would next show the video and record the various ideas that folks in the video mentioned as to why we have faces of the moon. Then before going into the actual explanation we would discuss which ideas seem the most viable and why. You might consider this change for your own classroom, even putting the student ideas first, before the reading, followed by the video and follow-up discussion.

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  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Multiple Ideas On How To Use The Video
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Lunar Phases

Unit 8: Where Is Earth In Space?
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT develop and and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe cyclic patterns of lunar phases.

Big Idea: Through a series of flexible activities students create a model to explain lunar cycles.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, Lunar phases, Moon, space, Planets
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moon phases diagram
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