This Moon Phases and Eclipses lesson plan also includes:
Starry-eyed astronomers draw different views of the Moon in order to introduce its phases. Then they experiment with a ball and a lamp to recreate the phases. A demonstration ensures every pupil understands the process, and the evaluation portion requires scholars to predict future Moon phases.
- Try to align the lesson with a real solar or lunar eclipse to observe the phenomenon, rather than just viewing it through photos
- Requires prior knowledge of the Sun, Earth, and Moon system as well as knowing about the existence of other stars
- Experiment requires a very dark room
- The lesson is in a 5E format
- Materials are all readily available
- Includes connections to Einstein's predictions and if they stood the test of time