|Phases of the Moon | An Astronomy WebQuest|
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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.
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.
The First Task
Complete the Task One on your worksheet. Draw and name eight important phases of the Moon. You will...
Watch these videos to help you.
Here are some websites you can use to complete Task One.
The Second Task
Science has special terms. You need to know what these terms mean. For Task Two, define the following terms: gibbous, waning, and waxing. You will identify which phases are waxing and waning.
Get the definitions of the terms at this webpage.
The Third Task
For Task Three, draw your birthday Moon. What phase was it on the day you were born? Find out and fill in the circle. Also, draw a picture of the phase of the Moon on your 2013 birthday
Use this website. Select your birthdate.
The Fourth Task
How does the Moon change during the month? For Task Four, complete the Task Four worksheet. See how the Moon changes each day. Complete the worksheet for March 2017.
Go the website below. Select the current month and year.
All throughout history, people have looked at the Moon and marveled at the constant change. Myths were written to explain what they saw.
By completing this WebQuest, you now understand how and why the Moon changes appearance every day. Congratulations on your effort.
This WebQuest addresses the following Utah State Core 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.