Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's About the Orbit: The Moon Seems to Change

Today we learned about how the Moon has a cycle with phases. The Moon changes, in appearance, to us on Earth, depending on which phase it is in and its relation to the Earth and Sun.




Mia's group decided to leave the smiley face on the beach ball to represent "the Man in the Moon". What a clever idea!

Here are a couple of our groups with their Moon.




Let's begin exploring the phases. One group member held the flashlight and represented the Sun. Another represented the Moon and held the ball. And the last member represented the Earth.



They made a quarter moon, that is where only half of the Moon is showing.



Here is another group representing the Earth blocking the Moon, which is a "New Moon".

38 comments:

  1. thar are 8 stages of the moon. I now the other 4 stages let me tell you what the 4 stages thar callid... 1 full moon. 2 quarter moon. 3 crescent moon and the last one is
    callid the new moon and my favoret moon is callid the new moon!!!!!!!! when you read
    my favoret letter thar is a pitcher of my favoret moon.

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    1. I like the harvest moon. Look it up to see a picture.

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    2. The Harvest moon this year will be on September 9. Remember to look for it. Did you know that the second new moon in a month is called a "black moon"?

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  2. we did a project and it was really fun it was hared to coverd with aluminum foil then we holded the ball and a flash light and the flash light was the sun and the ball cuverd the aluminum foil was the moon and then we rotated around ech uther and then we whent to go to lunch.

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    1. I love making models to show how things work.

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    2. cool good for you

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    3. I like learning about space. I really like looking at the full moon. Did you know that Native Americans called the first full moon of the year the "Wolf Moon"? The did this because they could hear the hungry wolf packs howling around their villages. The full moon in June is called the "strawberry moon" because it is the best time to harvest strawberries.

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  3. We did a experiment and i had fun dowing it and we needid a flash light and small beach ball and a aluminum foil and thats all you need to make it and to do it just get your beach ball and your aluminum foil and cover the hole beach ball with the aluminum foil and then turn off the lights and make a full moon a quarter moon a crescent moon and the last one a new moon now the life cicl is a new moon and a crescent then a quarter and a gibbons anda full moon and thats all.

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    1. Which moon phase is your favorite?

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    2. Did you know that each full moon has a name. The Native Americans named each full moon according to what was happening in Nature at that time of year. This Friday, also Friday the 13th, will be a full moon. This moon is causing solar flares to reach the earth and interrupt satellite signals!

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  4. We did a experimiment.Some one was the sun,some one was the Earth,and some one was the MOON.We shoed all the fases.It was fun.

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    1. It is fun to keep a moon phases calendar. I did that project when I was your age.

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    2. Nice.It was cool,right.

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    3. Your activity taught you a lot. Over the years the phases of the moon have helped humans create calendars and plant and harvest crops.

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  5. Todays experiment was to use a flash light, small beach ball , and some aluminum
    foil too . We put the beach ball in the mital .We also covird the beach ball with aluminum foil to make a moon and we uaed the flash light and to make difrint phases of the moon.And the moon has a life cycle like other animals like frog do to.

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    1. You are starting to make a lot of connections to vocabulary terms. Keep up the good work.

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    2. thank you for the comment and I love werking.

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    3. WOW! You really understand about the phases of the moon. Moon phases are a cycle. They are so important to earth. Be watching the skies this Friday night. You will see the full moon.

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  6. The changing moon.It is becaes the earth and the sun.The earth is bloking the sun.

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    1. Do you think we should have more people travel to the moon?

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    2. You are so right. The moon changes because of the earth. What is the word we use to describe when the moon blocks the sun during the day?

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  7. Today we did a experiment . it was about how the moon changes its shape it is called a face .are experiment was so fun ! we got a beach ball then we put the foil on the ball . the foil is gray so the foil was for the moon because the moon is gray.we did not cover the ball is happy face so it can look like the man in the moon. then we turnd of the lights then we got the flash lights then we turn it on. then we put sombdy i the middel then we made the shapes.

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    1. That is funny how you thought about the "man on the moon".

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    2. thank you it was Mia's idea we had other ideas but we did Mia's.

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    3. The dark "seas" of the moon create the shadows that make it look like a "man in the moon" Some people see a rabbit. In China, they called this image "the toad in the moon."

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  8. Today we did a experiment about the moon.We use a Flash light,Aluminum foil and a small beach ball.We had someone hold the flash light.And someone holding the ball.Then someone was the earth and block the light from the sun light. but it wasn't really sun light it was a flash light.We put foil on the ball.Then we put the light on the ball and put someone in front of the ball and make different phases of the moon.

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    1. I like how you described the sequence of the steps you used for your model.

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    2. Thaks for the complt we are leaning more abowt the moon.The moon is inchsting i wish i was a aschnot i wuned what the moon looks like.

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    3. Thank you I try to dig deep in my writing like Mrs.Hiner taught me in first grade!!

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    5. WOW! It looks like you have learned a lot. The phases of the moon are really very important here on earth. In early times, Native Americans used the moon to make decisions and predictions. They liked to name the full moons according to what was happening in nature at the time. April is the Pink Moon because that is when salmon (a pink fish) swim upstream. I would like to think it is the Pink Moon because that is when the flowers start to bloom

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  9. I seen a life cyce of a moon. first full moon next quarter moon then creseent moon thats how a moon life cyce.is that awesome. when the moon gos down its called waning and when the moon gets biger its called waxing. it trned into a full moon.

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    1. I like the vocabulary words you used to describe what you were noticing during the experiment.

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    2. The moon phases are a cycle. Did you know that the moon phases cause the tides on earth. During the full moon and the new moon, the pull of the moon is greatest (gravity). At these times the tides are really high and really low. They are called "spring tides" because they tend to spring up suddenly.

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  10. here I go each table gets 1 beach ball then each table gets some aluminum foil then we got some flash light and some one has to be the earth to blocks the moon we had a good time experiing in our class as ateam thank you.

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  11. What role did you play in the experiment?

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  12. thank you for sending that comment to me I am smart just like you! I will tel you that I was the moon

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  13. I really like that you enjoyed teamwork. Teamwork is so important to learning new and interesting ideas. I really enjoy watching the moon go through its phases. Be looking for a full moon Friday night!

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