ABOUT THIS BOOK
Blast off for educational fun! Beginning
readers and budding astronomers are launched—
via Seussian sorcery—on a wild trip to visit the
nine planets in our solar system, along with the
Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick,
Students will be able to observe
the moon’s shape and draw what they see,
keeping a daily log. Students will be able to
compare their results with the newspaper’s
diagrams of the moon.MATERIALS:
moon-watch log sheet, current newspaperDIRECTIONS:
1) Have students “moon watch” each night for a two-week period,
keeping a journal of their thoughts, questions, and comments.
2) As part of the moon watch, have children draw the moon as it
appears to them every night during this two-week period to gain
an understanding of the moon’s regular phases. It works best if
they observe the moon from the same location.
3) Using a current newspaper, compare the students’
drawings with the pictures in the paper. This is a
good cross-reference and a way to introduce parts of
the newspaper.AFTER THE TWO WEEKS:
Have students discuss or write
a comparative essay about the
phases of the moon answering the
following example questions:
What was the moon’s shape on the
first night? What was its shape a week
later? What was its shape at the end of
the two weeks?
ABOUT THIS GUIDETeaching ideas provided by Kristi Weikel, classroom teacher, and Denise Barbazette, classroom teacher.
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