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Exploring Lunar Phases with a Daytime Moon
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Sun, Earth, Earth's Moon
Mission: Apollo Program (Earth's Moon), Earth Science Missions (Earth), Heliophysics Missions (Sun)

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Short Description: This activity creates a model with the real Moon and Sun in the sky to help participants discover the real reason for the lunar phases.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns

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Credit: Astronomical Society of the Pacific


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Last Updated: 19 Aug 2014