PHASES OF THE MOON
A Squared Away Unit
Through team activities, readings, kinesthetic activities, and extensive use of models, students learn to understand and explain (verbally, in diagrams, and in writing) why the Moon’s appearance changes from night to night; what the phases of Moon are called; how the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon cause those phases; what causes lunar and solar eclipses; and (in an extra credit activity) how to apply their knowledge to the phases of Venus. This standards-based unit includes five days of lesson plans and reproducible student pre- and posttests, practice exercises, extension activities, individual and group assessments, and rubrics. Grades 5–8. Interact. ©2010.