This year I decided that I wanted them to try to go outside as many times as they could, observe the moon, draw it, and write the phase. We can't grade homework, but I offered them an E in effort if they would complete as many pictures as they could over a 3 week period.
Here is the book that I gave them to complete:
I put the cover page on the front and then printed as many copies as I needed for the second page.
Another idea is just to print out a calendar for the month you are in and have them draw it on that calendar. My cutesy gets in the way, though, so that's why I made a cutesy book. I don't think it really matters what they log it on, as long as they are making observations and connections!!
One other thing I wanted to share with you is a Phases of the Moon song that my students love. I am linking it below. Talk about a song that gets stuck in your head! But that's what we want for the students!! It needs to get stuck in their head so they'll remember the order!!
Also, check out our Moon Pack in our Teachers Pay Teachers store. It has everything you need to teach about the moon. It's a science and language arts integrated pack using The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons. I've linked it here. Check it out!
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