Lesson Plan: Earth and Moon: Phases of the Moon | Nagwa Lesson Plan: Earth and Moon: Phases of the Moon | Nagwa

Lesson Plan: Earth and Moon: Phases of the Moon

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to identify, describe, and explain the phases of the Moon.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • define what phases of the Moon are,
  • identify the eight phases of the Moon,
  • explain the difference between crescent and gibbous moons,
  • define the terms waxing and waning,
  • explain what causes the phases of the Moon.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • the parts of the solar system,
  • the fact that the Moon orbits Earth,
  • the fact that Earth orbits the Sun,
  • the meaning and duration of a lunar month.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • any detail of the surface of the Moon.

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