The Earth's moon
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What does the moon look like close up?


Did you know that the Moon orbits us every month? Because it also rotates every month, the same side stays facing us. It appears to change in shape because it is lit by the Sun and the size of its shadow changes.
1) View animated flash files of the Earth's moon online at:
Harcourt: The phases of the moon
The moon's phases animation
2) Difference phases of the moon and regular and they have different names. Check this out:

3) You teacher will download SMART or for you to work through as a class.
4) Draw and label a diagram to explain how the moon appears to change shape as it orbits the Earth.

For teachers: Additional options
a) I found a PDF (which I have misplaced) of the phases of the moon for students to cut out and use. Here is an example of what one student created:
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b) Download Motion and the Phases of the Moon worksheet to assist students.
c) Explore images of the moon at We Choose the Moon (note, this site is flash heavy therefore may take a while to load).
d) Explore living in space online at Lunar Outpost.
e) Read about Astronomy and Indigenous Australian People or The Sun and Moon (some Aboriginal perspectives and activities).
f) Download .
g) Download Phases of the Moon by SMART technologies
h) NEW : Watch the BTN Moon Landing
i) NEW: Investigate how astronauts eat and drink in space online and how improvements have been made over time. Create a time line to show changes.

Cross Curriculum Ideas:
1. Share an Indigenous legend of the phases of the moon online at Wonderville.
2. Students can create a story map to explain the legend why we have day and night. You may like to do this online using comic creator or software such as 2Publish or download a story map. Alternatively if you have SMART Notebook software you may like to download the

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