Noon Logs

Keep a log of the Moon's phases. You will need:

four sheets (8"x 12") of black construction paper a stapler a white crayon a large calendar

Directions:

Create a Moon log by folding four sheets of black construction paper in halt and stapling them together. Using a white crayon, create a title, and decorate the cover.

It is best to begin the Moon observations with the "new moon." Observe the Moon twice a week, or every three days, weather permitting. If clouds interfere with your planned dates to observe the Moon, you may be forced to postpone it.

In your log, record the date of observation, and use half of a page on which to draw the shape of the Moon. Pay careful attention to which side of the Moon is illuminated. Be sure to draw it exactly as you see it. As the month progresses, record your findings on a calendar. Look up vocabulary words such as waxing, waning, new, crescent, full, and first quarter.

Find out: Why the Moon shines? Why its shape seems to change? Why we see only one side of the Moon? What does the surface of the Moon look like from Earth? What has NASA recently discovered regarding the Moon?

When the log is complete and you are observing another new Moon, discuss with your parent the amount of time that has passed since you began logging the Moon. Relate the cycle of Moon phases to the calendar. Make predictions regarding specific phases of the upcoming month (i.e.. How much time will pass between the new moon and the full moon? Predict the date we will see the next full moon). You can add the final touch to your log by writing a poem about the Moon and writing the final draft on the inside cover of your Moon log.

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