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Moon Learning Path

By Aoife McDonnell

A selection of external links to resources on explaining phases of the moon. Resources may need flash player if they are a SWF file. Check with the individual resource description and suggested uses.
7 resources in this Learning Path

1

Phases of the Moon Animation

http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/content/moonphase.swf Added: 29 Aug 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

Animation visualising the phases of the moon from the aspect of standing on the Earth along with viewing from outer space. Students will see the new moon, waxing crescent moon, first quarter moon, waxing gibbous moon, full moon, waning gibbous moon, last quarter moon and the waning crescent moon.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Use the animation as a presentation by projecting onto the whiteboard.

Students must then create the appearances of the moons in order from memory using Orea's / play-doh

Key Skills: Being Creative Managing Information and Thinking

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Phases of the Moon Animation - Footprint Science

http://www.footprints-science.com/flash/Phases%20of%20moon.swf Added: 06 Oct 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

(Adobe Flash Required - Try on FireFox Browser) Animation on the phases of the moon. The animation enables viewers to pause, play and stop the animation. Students can visually see the moon orbiting the Earth. The position of the moon can be seen and the appearance seen from Earth can also be viewed. Great animation to encourage students to think deeply about what is happening when we see the moon at particular stages of the phases of the moon.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Encourage discussion and create higher order questions to go with this interesting animation on the phases of the moon.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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3

The Moon - ESA'S INTERACTIVE GUIDE

http://lunarexploration.esa.int/#/intro Added: 27 Jun 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type:

A fascinating exploration of lunar exploration. Options to investigate the Science (Solar system history, moon origin and evolution, lunar resources, earth-moon system), technology (human exploration, descent ascent, instrumentation, robots on the surface, flight dynamics), missions (timeline, orbiters, Apollo, Robotic Landers, Robotic Sample Returns, Robotic Rovers). Why not check out the Gallery, Playlists and Moon facts to delve further into the European Space Agency (ESA)?

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 01. Relationships between Celestial Objects

Suggestions for use: Engage students into the fun of exploration by allowing students to discover aspects of the moon in terms of science, technology and missions. Listen to playlist, view galleries or view the European Space Agency website. Curiosity is key to expanding on human potential. Nothing is Impossible.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking

Asset type: Online Resource
Rights: All rights reserved
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4

Lunar Phases - Interactive Animation

http://astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/animations/lps.swf Added: 06 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

An excellent interactive animation for students to explore deep questions within their groups. Students can click on the Earth and rotate the Earth through day and night. There is a man on the Earth which allows students to think in terms of what is happening on the Earth and what they see from Earth. Students can also adjust the moon phases, the horizon diagram, add angles, landmarks, ticks, change speed of animation, control the time and watch the moon orbit around Earth.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Provide students with a tablet to use in groups of four. Set the animation onto each tablet prior to lesson. Students use the animation to discuss the features of the moon and the phases of the moon. Groups will need to present a poster to the class on their groups findings from using the animation.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

5

Phases of the Moon Activites

http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/Labs/L...Phases/lunar_phases_main.html#part2 Added: 06 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes / Simulation

Initially the resource looks like an article, however there are three interactive animations embedded into the website for use in the classroom. Activities on selecting the shadows on the moon at each phase, identify how each phase will look from Earth and an animation identifying the names of each phase of the moon.

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Read the teacher notes accompanied with each activity from the website. Project the animations onto the whiteboard using full screen.

Key Skills: Managing Information and Thinking

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

6

Using Biscuits to Represent the Phases of the Moon

http://almostunschoolers.blogspot.i...10/06/oreo-moon-phase-activity.html Added: 06 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

An excellent homework activity for students to create the biscuit phases of the moon. Students can think outside the box and use other food/ materials to represent the phases of the moon. The biscuits can be used an idea. Students must take a photo of their creation of the phases of the moon and bring to lesson next day/ upload on Edmodo/ email

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How it maps to the curriculum

JC
Science

Strand: 02. Earth and Space

Strand unit: 04. Model of Earth-Sun-Moon System

Suggestions for use: Phases of the moon: The article should be used as a teacher reference. Teacher should show the image to the class. It is then the students homework to create their own representation of the phases of the moon.

Key Skills: Managing Information and Thinking

Asset type: Image
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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7

Moon Cycles

http://www.spaceweek.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MoonCycle2nd.pdf Added: 27 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Excellent resource to get students critically thinking and discussing the phases of the moon.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Science and the environment

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • begin to explore and appreciate the application of science and technology infamiliar contexts

Suggestions for use: Print worksheet out for students. Students must read the activity independently. Students must discuss activity with their partners to explore prior knowledge of the moon. Questions about the homework exercise can be discussed as a class.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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