|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 six tasks. Use your worksheet to record what you learn. 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 September 2013.
Go the website below. Select the current month and year.
Don't forget to answer the questions!
The Fifth Task
During the evening (and daytime), the Moon, stars, and Sun appear to move through the sky. For Task Five, explain why this happens.
Use these websites to find out why.
The Sixth Task
For Task Six, show the position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun at each of the eight phases. Complete the worksheet identifying the correct phase and draw a picture of that phase of the Moon.
You can use this video to help you.
The websites below will help you complete Task Six.
How will your worksheet be assessed? Good question! The rubric below will be used. Make sure you look at it when completing your worksheet.
Phases of the Moon WebQuest Worksheet Rubric
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.
a. Describe changes in the appearance of the Moon during a monthObjective 2: Demonstrate how the relative positions of Earth, the Moon, and the Sun create the appearance of the Moon’s phases.