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Ch 12: The Formation & Phases of the Moon Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Formation & Phases of the Moon chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the moon's creation and its numerous phases in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Formation & Phases of the Moon chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The moon's formation Condensation, capture, fission and giant impact theories
Tuesday Lunar geology Maria, terrae, terminator, ejecta, porous rock, low-density rock, moon dust
Wednesday The moon's atmosphere and phases Lunar, thinness, hydrogen, helium, neon and other properties; new moon, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous
Thursday How moon phases are affected by the Earth and sun Same side facing Earth, lunar illumination, new moon, experiment, synchronous rotation
Friday The motion of the moon and predictions for rising and setting Counterclockwise, roughly four weeks, half a degree, full orbit around Earth, lunar month; above the horizon, below the horizon, new, full and quarter moons

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Formation & Phases of the Moon Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Formation of the Moon: Theories

1. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

The Moon's Atmosphere

2. The Moon's Atmosphere

This lesson will go over the lunar atmosphere, its composition, where it gets it atmosphere from, how it may lose its atmosphere, and what the technical term for the lunar atmosphere is.

How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

3. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

4. Moon Phases: Names & Sequence

This lesson will go over the phases of the moon. The full moon, new moon, waxing, waning, and gibbous phases and the order in which they occur and what they look like are discussed.

Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

5. Motion of the Moon: Sidereal Month vs. Synodic Month

This lesson will teach you about the sidereal month and synodic month, how long they are, and how they are measured with respect to the stars and sun.

Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

6. Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

In this lesson, you'll learn when the moon will rise or set during four distinct phases: full moon, new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon.

Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

7. Lunar Geology: Types of Moon Rocks

This lesson will discuss the layers of the Moon's interior, the dark and light colored areas of the Moon's surface, the Moon's craters, and how moon dust has formed over the ages.

Chapter Practice Exam
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