Moon Phases Webquest

Introduction

Welcome to the 5th Grade Moon Phases Webquest. 

In this webquest, you will use different websites to learn about the how the moon moves around Earth and why we see phases of the moon. 

Before you begin, make sure you have your Moon Phases Webquest answer sheet next to you to record your information.

Task

Use the websites under "Process" to answer the questions on your Webquest answer sheet. 

Process

Section 1 - Orbit

Let's start by learning about the Earth and Moon's orbits.

Click on the link to learn about the Earth's orbit and the Moon's orbit.

1. http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/earthandbeyond/soonmoonearth/

Click on the following link to play a game about the Sun, Earth, and Moon!

2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/earth_sun_moon/play/popup.shtml

Challenge! Can you make the Moon and Earth revolve and rotate?

3. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/earthsunmoon.html

Now, answer the questions on your answer sheet under Section 1.

Section 2 - Moon Phases

Start by clicking on the link below to learn about why we have moon phases.

1. http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=96281

2. http://lessons.e-learningforkids.org/efk/Courses/EN/S0801/login.htm

Click below to read and learn more about the phases of the moon.  Watch the diagram carefully!

3. http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/earthandbeyond/phases/

Now, answer the questions on you answer sheet for Section 2.

Section 3 - Moon Phase Names

Learn about the names of the phases from this song and the diagram!

1. http://www.schooltube.com/video/bf0e5ada3fb0ea880ecb/Phases%20of%20the%20Moon,%20a%20kids%20funky%20version

2. http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/content/moonphase.html

Now, can you name the phases?  Read the information and take the quiz at the bottom on this webpage!

3. http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/moonlight.html

Now, answer the questions on you answer sheet for Section 3.

Section 4 - Moon Phases Patterns

Can you put the moon phases in order?  Try It!

http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/moon/moon_challenge/moon_challenge.html

Now, answer the questions on you answer sheet for Section 4.

Evaluation

Your evaluation will be your worksheet - Webquest Answer Sheet.

Did you answer all of the questions?

Did you use the information from the websites to help you answer the questions?

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed your trip through the web learning about the Phases of the Moon!

Credits

Thank you to all of the websites for allowing us to learn about the phases of the moon!