Full Moon Activities & Games

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

Learning about outer space can be fascinating to your students. The full moon is an opportunity for your students to examine an important part of outer space. Use the following activities and games to help your students learn more about the full moon.

A Full Moon

As the moon moves through its different phases, it becomes full when it is directly between the Earth and the sun. At that point, the moon is fully illuminated. In the sky, it appears bright and in the shape of a full circle.

When you're teaching about a full moon, you will likely have taught the other phases of the moon already. This lesson will focus primarily on activities and games that relate to the full moon. However, as you teach your students about the moon, it is important for them to learn about the other phases as well.

Full Moon Observation

On a night when there is a full moon, have your students do an observation. They should draw a picture of the full moon, in which they are careful to draw where it is in the sky and what the shape and color of the moon looks like. Your students should also make a note of what time they are observing the full moon.

The next day, display each students' observations around the classroom for a gallery walk. Your students walk around and discuss the different observations that their classmates made. Ask your students: What are you noticing that is the same and different between the observations? How does the time of the observation affect the drawing? What surprised you about others' observations?

Full Moon Calculating

Before beginning this activity, collect old phases of the moon calendars. Remove many of the moons from the calendar, just leaving about 4-5 moons at any phase. You may consider altering this to include more or less moons based on your students' needs. Divide your students into small groups or pairs and pass out one month to each group. Tell them to determine which date had the full moon for that month. As students work, circulate and ask how they are making their calculations.

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