The Moon Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan provides an artistic and energetic way for students to understand and visualize the phases of the moon. Students will recreate the moon phases in the classroom.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Identify the phases of the moon
  • Describe the markings on the moon and how they got there

Length

1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Vocabulary

  • Moon
  • Craters
  • Lunar phases
    • new moon
    • first quarter
    • full moon
    • last quarter

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