|Phases of the Moon | An Astronomy WebQuest|
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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.
a. Identify the difference between the motion of an object rotating on its axis and an object revolving in orbit.
Some of this WebQuest is stolen from a WebQuest by Mr. Conant · Briscoe Middle School · Beverly, MA.
At that time there lived on earth a man named Mundilfari. Mundilfari had two children so bright and handsome that he thought nothing in creation could compare with them except the Sun and the Moon. Proudly he called the boy Mani (Moon) and the girl Sun (Sol). When the Gods heard about this they took offence. Vainglory of this kind was too much for them to bear and they snatched the children away from their father and put them to work in the heavens. It is these children we see as bright lights in the sky.
Your task is to explain why the Moon changes appearance throughout the month. Using the webpages provides, you will complete each of the following projects. As you explore the Moon, you will complete this worksheet. It will help you better understand why the Moon's appearance changes.
The First Task
Complete The First Task section of the worksheet. Your task is to draw and name eight important phases of the Moon. You will need to...
You will also need to correctly define three terms.
Here are some websites you can use to help you get the information you need to complete The First Task.
The Second Task
Complete The Second Task by drawing a picture and identify the phase of the Moon on the day you were born.
Go the website below. Select the month and year of your birth.
The Third Task
Complete The Third Task on the worksheet. You will show how the Moon changes throughout the month, on day-at-a-time. Select the current month and year.
Go the website below. Select the current month and year.
The Final Task
Your final task is to show the position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun at each of the phases you studied in the First Task. You will draw...
You will also answer the questions on the worksheet.
The websites below will help you complete the worksheet showing the positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun throughout the month. (Some of the websites are interactive).
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.