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crescent moon imageCourse Material 1C: MOON OBSERVATIONS

Students record data about Moon phases on a data sheet over the course of one complete Moon cycle (approximately 28 days). Students can also take turns recording their data on big sheets of paper posted around the classroom. A brief discussion about this data can occur on most days of the unit. The data will be used later in the course when students are building a model to account for the phenomenon of Moon phases.

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Each student will gather the data for the date and time, the color of the Moon, the weather, the location in the sky and the shape and features of the Moon from each day of an entire cycle of Moon phases. This will be done on a sheet titled "Tracking the Phases of the Moon: Daily Log." This log can be modified to also include Moonrise and Moonset data if desired.

sample moon phase chart