Sky Science - Phases of the Moon Investigation

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The Phases of the Moon activity can also be found within the Sky Science - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Sky Science bundle here.

During the Phases of the Moon activity, which is ideal for grades 5-7, students will learn why the Moon appears to change shape during each month. Through two activities, students will explore the eight phases of the Moon as seen from Earth during a lunar cycle. 

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Understand why the moon changes phases
  • Describe the phases of the moon

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Student assessment

Additional resource required:

  • Poster paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky notes
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Blank calendars