FC: Phases of the Moon by Alicia Blessitt
1: The standard that will be related with this book is: S4E2: Students will model the position of the earth in the solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion in determining sequence of the phases of the moon. (d) explain the sequence of the phases of the moon.
2: The moon goes through eight phases as it rotates the earth. The moon does not have its own light but reflects light from the sun. When we look up in the night sky we see light from the sun shining off of the moon.
3: New moon is when the moon is positioned in between the sun and the Earth. In this case we see no light reflecting off of the moon. | Full moon is when the sun, earth, and moon are all in a straight line. The full surface of the moon is seen because the suns' light is touching the whole thing.
4: Before a New Moon when the Suns' light is decreasing and we only see less than half of the moon this is called a Waning Crescent. | After a New Moon when the sunlight is increasing but less than half of the moon is showing this is called a Waxing Crescent.
5: After a Full Moon when the Suns light is decreasing but more than half of the moon is still seen this is called a Waning Gibbous. | Before a Full Moon when the Suns light is increasing and more than half of the moon is seen this is called a Waxing Gibbous.
6: First and Quarter Moons happen when the moon is at 90 degree angle from the Earth and the Sun.
7: The moon rotates through the same cycle constantly. Go to www.mooncalender.com and check out what phase it was in when you were born.
8: Resources www.moonconnection.com www.enchantedlearning.com www.stardate.com www.kidsastronomy.com