Moon Phase pholdable!


Did you know that the Moon always keeps it best face forward?  Actually, it always keeps the same side towards the Earth so until we entered the Space Age no one on Earth had ever seen the other side of the Moon.  Now we all know that the Moon is spinning on its axis and is orbiting around the Earth so how is it we only ever get to see one side.  The answer is simple yet very interesting, the Moon takes 29.5 days to rotate on its axis and it takes 29.5 days to revolve around the Earth.  This causes the Moon to always keep the same side facing the Earth.  Cool Huh?! 


Here are a few more interesting facts about the Moon.  The Moon is much smaller than the Earth, in fact it is only about ¼ the size of the Earth and it has only about 1/6th of the gravity.  The Moon’s gravity is too weak to hold an atmosphere so it doesn’t have one.  Because it doesn’t have an atmosphere, meteors do not burn up as they zoom towards the surface of the Moon.  Instead, they smash into the surface leaving craters of all sizes.  Also, because there is no atmosphere, the Moon does not have weather so the surface never changes unless it gets hit by another meteor or gets walked upon by astronauts.   Did you know that the last astronaut walked on the Moon over 39 years ago?  BUMMER~!


Now you should read pages 66-67 in your Coach Book and study the diagram of the Moon phases.


Next, go to the ZOOM website, and read even more cool stuff about the Moon. Notice that the Zoom diagram is opposite to the Coach Book diagram.



1.  Take one sheet of my white paper and fold it hamburger style.  Now unfold it and lay it flat.

2.  In the center of the page, draw a picture of the Earth, about as wide as your hand.  Add some continents and such to make it look a little like the Earth. 

3.  On the extreme right side of your paper, draw the edge of the Sun, label it.

4.  Fold your paper hot dog style.  Now unfold it.

5.  Draw lines back and forth and up and down following the creases from when you folded your paper both times.  Also, write the words, 1 week between each set of lines.


Your foldable should look like this by now.


CAUTION!!! The order of the Moon phases is opposite on the Zoom website from the Coach book. You need to be sure you have the Sun on the correct side of your paper when you make pholdable.


6.  Make yourself 8 small slips of paper. Start by folding a piece of paper in half, hotdog style, then fold it in half again, hamburger style. Now, fold that piece hamburger style again. Crease all folds hard. NOW, unfold the whole sheet of paper. Cut on all of the creases, completely, until you have 8 small pieces of paper.

7. Take the 8 small slips of paper and fold each one in half, hamburger style. 

8.  On the cover of each slip of paper, write the name of one of the eight phases of the Moon.  On the inside of the slip of paper, draw a picture of that phase.

8.  Look in the Coach Book, pg. 66 or the Earth Science Book, pg 668 for the correct order and arrange your Moon phases on your foldable.  Be sure the Full Moon is on the hamburger crease on the left side of the page and the New Moon is on the right side.


You foldable should look like this now.


And this.


9.  Show Mr. B your foldable before this step.  Place a tiny amount of Elmer’s glue or use a glue stick on the back of each Moon phase and glue it in place. 


Once you finish your Moon phases page, take another sheet of paper and fold it hamburger style.  You should place a tiny amount of glue in the seam of the new page and insert the Moon foldable inside and crease them together.  This will give you a four page booklet. 


10.  On the first inside page of your foldable, write these terms and find definitions for each.  Use the Coach book and textbook.


1.  Luna      2. maria      3.  phases          4. waxing       

5. waning    6. the 8 phases of the Moon       7. Moon rotation         8. Moon revolution

9. time from New Moon until Full Moon is


11. On the last page of your pholdable, I want you to draw a picture of both types of eclipses. Look in the Coachbook, pg 70-71 and in your textbook, pg. 669-670 for examples and facts. Be sure to include important facts about each type of eclipse beneath the drawings.




Once you finish your Moon Pholdable, show Mr. B your work.  Now you are ready for the next assignment.

Eclipse Reading Assignment-Read about Solar Eclipses! Now, read about Lunar Eclipses!

Next Assignment: Take this Practice Test!!! Yes, you may use your pholdable!


Go to the following webpage and  answer the questions. You will need to write your answers on your own paper.

  Click here, Earth and Moon Worksheet extra credit!!!