Why is it important to know and understand about the phases of the Moon?
Lots of reasons!
Students make connections and enjoy learning about Earth & Space Science. Students are engaged in learning about the solar system. Students associate aspects of their lives with the Phases of the Moon. So helping students develop a conceptual understanding of the Moon and its phases is important. Learning about the Phases of the Moon helps students to understand MS-ESS 1 Earth's Place in the Universe.
The moon has a great influence on our lives in may ways and I want students to understand that. The Moon's gravitational influence produces tides and factors into the length of the day. The amount and quality of light from the Moon impacts our lives and it is a natural satellite of the Earth. Studying the Moon helps us because we learn things about Earth from the Moon like comparing the elements, rocks, and minerals that come from the Moon to that of the Earth. Learning about the Phases of the Moon is one important aspect to understanding more about Earth and the relationship among the Earth, Sun, and Moon.