Reflection: Complex Tasks Patterns of the Moon - Section 3: Explore


Today's lesson requires students to understand and explain very complex ideas: the moon phases, how the moon appears to change each night, and how the revolution of the moon around the Earth and the positioning of the sun causes these apparent changes.

To support students as they preserve and grapple with these complex ideas, I provide students with two copies of the this Main Idea Wheel Graphic Organizer.

This graphic organizer helps support students in several ways: 

  • Helps students categorize information in order to make sense of complicated ideas
  • Provides structure for note-taking
  • Scaffolds a complex task (such as documenting the phases of the moon) 
  • Provides students with an attainable goal (8 facts) during the research process

  Using a Graphic Organizer
  Complex Tasks: Using a Graphic Organizer
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Patterns of the Moon

Unit 4: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain why the moon seems to change every night.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students obtain and evaluate information on the moon phases using multiple resources, including a moon phase calendar, video, online text, and a hands-on model.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, sun, stars, Moon, revolution, Moon Phases, pattern, time, seasons
  130 minutes
student observing moon
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