Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Moon Observations - Section 4: Explain/Elaborate/Evaluate


I wanted the students to observe and record the moon phases over a period of a month so that they could begin to understand the Crosscutting Concept of Patterns and the NGSS Standard of 5-ESS1-2.

I asked them to look for the changes that are happening to the Moon each night and try to figure out what was happening. We have already learned about the movement of the Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth so I was looking for students' development of the concept of moon phases as it related back to those movements. 

A great resource for Cross Cutting Concepts is from this link and these symbols were created by Peter A'Hearn and James Taylor.

  Making observations to see patterns
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Making observations to see patterns
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Moon Observations

Unit 2: The Sun and Earth Connection
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: SWBAT make observations of the moon, look for patterns, and determine what causes the changes to the appearance of the Moon.

Big Idea: The Moon is the easiest object to observe in the night sky so it's a good way to introduce students to making nighttime observations. In doing this they will see patterns of the change in appearance of the Moon and will see the change in its location.

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