Reflection: Online Resources Planning and Conducting a Moon Investigation - Section 4: Exploration (The Space Walk!)


I chose the website because it would allow students to answer the question, "How many days does it take for the moon to go through all of its phases?"  

When choosing an online resource geared mainly for adults, it is important to show children how to navigate this site.  Here, after modeling how to use the site, I have students state in their own words how the site works.  I find this site user-friendly for children once it is introduced.

This investigation took an entire class period, and then spilled over into the following Monday.  After a weekend break, I had students talk about how the website works.  Here, one student is teaching friends who were absent how to navigate the site.  Again, this shows the level of comfort students have once they are familiar with a website.

I find that when technology is involved, I must be flexible!!!  On Day 1, I modeled with my laptop. Then, my students used ipads.  With the ipad version of the website, students actually were given the name of the moon phases.  Many of my students chose to record this information along with their drawings.  However, the navigation buttons changed position and names, so we had a bit of confusion.  They were also disappointed when we all used laptops on Monday, as the phase names were no longer there!

What is most important, though, is that students remained in small groups collaborating with a device.  Also, students were in nooks around the room, which limits distractions and lets them get comfy.

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Planning and Conducting a Moon Investigation

Unit 3: Space: Patterns in the Sky
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: SWBAT conduct an investigation to answer a question.

Big Idea: How long does it take for the moon to go through a set of phases? More importantly, what does it look like when first graders plan an investigation? Here, students will *plan* and *conduct* an investigation of the moon's phases.

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