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This WebQuest addresses the following Utah State Core standards:

Standard 6.1.1: Structure and Motion Within the Solar System

Develop and use a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the Sun and Moon, and seasons. Examples of models could be physical, graphical, or conceptual.

Introduction

The Moon changes shape every day. Sometimes you can see only part of the Moon. Other times, you can see the entire Moon. Why does this happen?

The purpose of this WebQuest is to help you learn why we see phases of the Moon.

Tasks

Your task is to explain why the Moon changes appearance throughout the month. You will complete four tasks. If you don't have a worksheet, click here to get one. It will help you understand why the Moon's appearance changes.

Moon PhasesTask, the First

Phenomenon - The Moon changes its appearance throughout the month.

Your task is to explain what causes the Moon to change its appearance throughout the month. Here are some websites to help you explain why it changes appearance.

Why does the shape of the Moon appear to change?

Why does the Moon seem to change shape?

Phases of the Moon Interactive

Phases of the Moon Interactive II

Task, the Second

Phenomenon - The Moon changes appearance in a repeated pattern.

Use the websites below to explain the Moon's repeated pattern.

Why Does the Moon Have Phases

Cyclic Patterns of Lunar Phases

Given a set of Moon phases, you should be able to identify the next phase(s). Go to the Moon Challenge. Complete the section on the worksheets.

Task, the Third

Phenomenon - We always see the same side of the Moon.

Use the websites below to explain why we always see the same side of the Moon.

Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?

Discover Magazine – Why Do We Always See the Same Side of the Moon?

Task, the Last

Phenomenon - The Moon looks upside down to people living in the Southern Hemisphere.

Use the websites below to explain why the Moon looks upside down to people living in the Southern Hemisphere.

Does the Moon look different in the northern and southern hemispheres?

Why do the constellations and the Moon appear upside down from the Southern Hemisphere?

Conclusion

Congratulations!  You are now a Moon monster! Repeat after me, "I am so good, I can hardly stand myself!"