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Earth's Moon - Rise and Shine

Journal Entry - Take out your science journal and answer the following question (use drawings as appropriate):

If you observe the moon every night at the same time, will it be in the same position?

Materials:

  • One 9x12 piece of art paper per student

Procedure:

  1. Find a place in your yard where you will be able to see the moon every night.
  2. Draw items you see as they look from that place (ex. houses, trees, barns, etc.)
  3. Go out each night at the SAME TIME and to the SAME PLACE and draw the moon as it appears in relation to objects in the background.
  4. Do this for ten consecutive nights.

Analysis:

  1. Pick out five or six pictures to use as models and ask, "What can you conclude about the moon and its position in the sky throughout the week?"
  2. Record your conclusions in their journals.

Extension:

  • Check local weather reports.
  • If a report predicts any cloudy day, have students record the days that they can observe the moon and also predict the location of the moon on the days there are clouds in the sky.
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