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Moon Over Us: Faces and Phases

posted Mar 3, 2013, 3:46 PM by Bonnie Thurber   [ updated May 12, 2013, 6:13 PM ]
image with ground taken from a document that will be noted.

Images by Paulo Bretones UFSCAR, Brazil

Part of our China Brazil Exchange is the Moon Over Us: Moon Phases and Faces. Students learn all about the phases of the moon and how the face of the moon differs in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. Each evening they observe and sketch or take pictures of the moon beginning April 5 and ending May 20. Then students create Moodle Forum (Topic 3) with their observations about the changes each day.

In the project, students and teachers from around the world exchange results and analyze the differences of images of the moon and discuss this information by commenting on each others Moodle Forum web pages.

In addition, students will research and share stories and legends about the Moon (Topic 6). The result is an intercultural exchange of explanations about the differences and similarities of each country from the sky, the data gathering technology, and cultural traditions.

At the end of the project all students will get a certificate after completing a survey and a summary paragraph of what they have learned.

The official starting date for this project is April 1, but, if you have students once a week, you may wish to start in March. Several schools are starting this project in May. The project runs through April and May

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Special note: All images submitted for this project need to have the earth as part of them and include the date and time.