Solar System: Moon Phases

Today we continued learning about the solar system, specifically the moon phases.

I got these FREE Moon Phase Mini-Book printables from scholastic and we completed these together after reading the section in the book about moon phases. It also includes a fillable month for each evenings moon.

We went over the moon phases once more through this anchor chart in which I used these free picture cards.

After we discussed the differences in shapes and how the moon grows a little from the new moon to the full moon, and then shrinks again from the full moon to the new moon. Once they realized this, we learned that the moon is not necessary getting bigger or smaller, it is just being covered by the Earth’s shadow.

I fully plan on doing the famous oreo moon phase activity on Friday during my lunch bunch, but for now I had the students complete a little craftivity on the moon phases using:

black construction paper
white chalk
picture of the earth

We will finally start on the planets tomorrow – my favorite part! I want them to make mobiles! I will post pictures afterwards.


  1. Sue Cahalane on April 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

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  2. Judith Darling on May 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I enjoyed reading the moon phases. Here is something I did when I taught moon phases that you might want to do with your class. I decided to integrate it with writing by having my students make a journal to fill out every night. My students were instructed to go outside every night at the same time and look at the moon. Then they would draw a picture of the moon each night and describe the experience through their senses. 1. What did the sky look like? Were there any stars, clouds, rain, etc. 2. What were the sounds? Did they hear a dog howl, a car go by, the wind, thunder, etc.? 3. What did they smell? Did they smell rain, meat cooking on the barbecue, logs burning in the fireplace, flowers blooming, etc. 4. What did they feel? Did they feel cold, wet, hot, happy, sad, tired, etc. 5. What did they taste? Did they taste the dessert they had for dinner, the cold drops of rain on their tongue, etc. I would ask them to elaborate by using strong and interesting words in their descriptions. Finally I would give them a small writing task each evening,every other evening or once a week like write a haiku, a couplet, a paragraph, draw a picture, or write a rap or a song. You can add different things for the students to do as you go along. My students always loved the moon lessons because of the journal. They especially liked it that we discussed them every day in class.

  3. Mrs. Dixon on May 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Judith, this is great! I will definitely incorporate the journal next year with my students! Thank you so much! 🙂

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