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DISCUSS (1 of 2):
How can you show the shape of the full moon with your arms?
DISCUSS (2 of 2):
What OTHER shapes can the Moon look like?
Try making one of those shapes with your arms.
What events happen over and over again on the same schedule?
Suppose we watched the Moon night after night.
Do you think you'd see the Moon's shape change in a cycle?
Why or why not?
Teachers: If you are short on time, this is a good stopping point.
You can come back and finish your Moon Book later.
If you’re continuing right now, advance to the next slide.
These readings are free with registration on ReadWorks. All readings include comprehension questions and vocabulary words.
The Moon Journal:The story of a boy who watched the Moon and noticed a pattern, just like you did. (Grade 1)
How Big Is the Moon? A short article about the size of the Moon. (Grade 1)
A Trip to the Moon: An article about the first people to land on the Moon. (Grade 1)
Does the Moon Really Shine? An article about a question that many students may have. (Grade 1)
Surprise your students by showing them the Moon in the middle of the afternoon! All you have to do to choose the right day (and hope it’s not cloudy).
Here’s how to find the day to look for the afternoon Moon:
If you want to know the exact time of moonrise and moonset that day, you can get it from the Farmer’s Almanac by entering your date and location.
The time of moonrise and moonset changes with the shape of the Moon. Like the Moon’s appearance, the time of moonrise and moonset has a cycle. Every night, the Moon looks different – and it rises later than it did the night before.
Now that each student has a Moon Book, encourage them to use it!
Tell students there’s a secret to finding the Moon each night — you need to know WHEN to look for it. The full moon is up all night — it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. But every night, the moon rises later than it did the night before. The time the Moon rises changes in a cycle.
Check this Moon Phases Calendar and find out what the Moon looks like today.
Then, print these instructions on the best times to look for each moon shape.
Over the course of the year, the moon is full at least twelve times. Many Native American cultures gave each full moon a name that linked it to natural events that happen at the same time as that full moon. You may have heard of the Wolf Moon (January) and the Snow Moon (February), named by the Algonquin peoples. Our favorite Moon name is Someone’s Ears are Freezing Moon, a name that comes from the Oneida people in upstate New York.
Ask your students: If you were going to name the full moon this month, what would you call it? If you need inspiration, check out this list of moon names, compiled by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA).