A Birthday timeline with phases of the Moon

I See the Moon and the Moon sees




A very successful activity we did this year, while studying about the moon, was to make a timeline using students' birthdays.

Cut out strips of paper to represent space (black) (ours were about 4 x 12)  
Cut out strips and cross cut to squares (ours were about 3 sq inches) for moon  
We used white and yellow squares to show different calendar years.
Show kids how to use the Virtual Moon Server, the date must be reset correctly.  
Kids record the phase of the moon on their birth date, and cut and color circle representing the moon to match.  
Glue the moon circle to the black 4 x 12 strip, write birth date and collect.  
Pass out a couple of moon phase place markers to students (not their own) and arrange in order. (Using differentiation strategy -- "Human Timeline")  



5th grade TEKS embedded in activity
Math (5.6) Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking. The student describes relationships mathematically.
The student is expected to select from and use diagrams and number sentences to represent real-life situations.
Science (5.6)

Science concepts. The student knows that some change occurs in cycles.

The student is expected to: (A) identify events and describe changes that occur on a regular basis such as in daily, weekly, lunar, and seasonal cycles;

Social studies skills (5.25) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology.
The student is expected to:

(A) differentiate between, locate, and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States and Texas;

(B) analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;

(C) organize and interpret information in outlines, reports, databases, and visuals including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps


This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center. Thanks also to the RGK Foundation for its generous support

Updated November 3, 2004 Jo Leland

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