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    phases of the moon lesson
    By lh

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    I am doing a solar system unit now in 3rd grade.
    I am actually trying to do a lesson plan for the phases of the moon right now.
    An activity I found was taking a white ball or ballon, and coloring half of it black (sit it on something so it does not roll). Have the kids sit in a circle around the ball and talk about what night and day is, review revolution and rotation (if you have covered it already) and after your mini discussion, have them draw what they see looking at the ball on black construction paper with white chalk. The students will put them up on the board in the order they are sitting in the circle and they will see the phases of the moon!
    This is just one of many great activities I have found (my cooperating teacher says this really works) and if I have time, I will post a couple more after I am done lesson planning!

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