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The Cause of the Phases of the Moon

This activity is frequently used to show the causes of the lunar phases. Generally a teacher tells students how to position the ball to show a full moon, a crescent moon, etc. This particular lesson is a little different in that the students have to figure out on their own how the balls need to be positioned. This lesson makes a good follow-up to a lesson about the motions of the Earth, Moon and Sun (such as PUMAS Example 03_10_04_1), but it can also stand as an independent lesson.

Author(s):

Glenn Simonelli

Date Accepted: 2004-06-07 Grade Group: Upper Elementary (3-5) Benchmarks: S3.2.1 S3.3.2 S3.3.4 S3.3.6 Keywords: moon lunar phases Microsoft Word: 03_10_04_2.docx PDF Document: 03_10_04_2.pdf