Websites current as of June 6, 2016.

This WebQuest covers the following 6th Grade Utah Science Standards:

STANDARD I:  Students will understand that the appearance of the moon changes in a predictable cycle as it orbits Earth and as Earth rotates on its axis.

Objective 1:  Explain patterns of changes in the appearance of the moon as it orbits Earth.
a. Describe changes in the appearance of the moon during a month.
b. Identify the pattern of change in the moon’s appearance.
c. Use observable evidence to explain the movement of the moon around Earth in relationship to Earth turning on its axis and the position of the moon changing in the sky.

Introduction

As you watch the Moon throughout the month, you notice its appearance changes.  Why?  The purpose of this WebQuest is to explain why the appearance of the Moon changes throughout the month.

(Note:  If you don’t have a worksheet, click here!)

Task

You will make posters explaining why we see phases of the Moon.  You will make posters:

  • Poster 1 - illustrating a myth explaining why we have phases of the Moon.
  • Poster 2 - distinguishing the eight major phases of the Moon.
  • Poster 3 - showing how the Moon’s appearance changes throughout a month.
  • Poster 4 - identifying the phase of the Moon on the day you were born (8½ x 11 paper).
  • Poster 5 - displaying the position of the Sun, Moon, and Earth at the eight major phases.

Process

Materials

  • Worksheet
  • 11x17 paper
  • 8½ x 11 paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils

Websites

Poster 1

The Girl Who Married the Moon

Poster 2

Understanding the Phases of the Moon
Glossary of Lunar Terms

Posters 3 & 4

StarDate – Moon Phases
MoonConnecton.com

Poster 5

Lunar Phases (Complete activities 1-3)

Conclusion

Happy DudeCongratulations for completing this assignment.  You are now a phases of the Moon whiz kid!