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Learning Exercise

Material: Astronomy Demonstrations
Submitted by: Rebekah Knapp on Jun 28, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jun 28, 2005
Title: Phases of the Moon Flipbook
Description: Students will use the site to view an animation on why the moon has different phases. They will use this knowledge to create their own animation in the form of a moon phase flipbook.
Time Required 2 - 45 minute class periods
Topics: California Content Standards 4d and 4e for 8th grade Physical Science
Course: 8th Grade Physical Science/ HS Astronomy
Prerequisites Skills: How to navigate on the internet, and a knowledge of animation flipbooks.
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will learn how the sun and the moons oribit determine the moon phases. 2. They will learn that the light from the moon is reflected light from the sun. 3. Students will be able to create an animation of the moon phases and describe each phase.
Technical Notes: Will need individual student computers or a media projector linked to teacher computer. Computers must have flash.
Text of Learning Exercise: Part 1/Day 1: Go over the textbook explaination of the moon phases and the names
of each phase, have students log on to the Astronomy Demonstrations website and
view the demonstrations. Talk about how the sun and the orbit and rotation of
the earth and moon create these phases. Explain what they will be doing in day
Part 2/ Day 2: Review the phases of the moon animation.
Using this information have students construct an animation flipbook of the
moon's phases.
*Large Post-it Notes tend to work best*
On the back of each Post-it, have students explain the phase and how it is
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