Recently, we experienced a lunar eclipse with a super blood moon. Today, we spent some time going over the phases of the moon and what exactly happens during an eclipse. Pictured below is the printable I used, which you can pick up in my Freebie Library. Once you sign up to receive the password an email is delivered to you right away. You can sign up at the bottom of this post, so keep on reading. No time now to read but you want the freebie? Scroll to the bottom and sign up and pin the post to read later 😉
I love to study the moon with my students and I begin our unit of study with a few videos. There are Brain Pop videos on the Moon, the Moon Phases and an Eclipse (subscription based) and another free video on Khan Academy. Younger students will enjoy the Brainpop Jr. video on the moon and there is Storybot video on Youtube.
Khan Academy has three videos on the moon, and one focuses on solar and lunar eclipses. The videos are geared towards slightly older students (mine are in second-grade), but there are some good snippets and explanations so we watch them.
Each of the videos is just over 5 minutes and a good resource for any Moon unit.
The free resource I put together shows the eight phases of the moon and the name for each phase. Each phase of the moon image measures the same size as an Oreo cookie (see how smart I am!) and the cookies fit right on top of the image.
I paired my students with a partner (to reduce Oreo intake) and with 4 Oreos per team, they were challenged to recreate all 8 phases. At the end of the project, students may eat their results which works out to a couple cookies a piece. Students informed me today that this had been the BEST day ever of school, hahaha! But hey, I’ll take it, I mean, edible STEM, what can be better than that?!
I hope you enjoy this free resource, and I would love to hear how you use it in your classroom. If you have any trouble signing up for access to the library, drop a comment below and let me know.