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As you look up at the walls at Zion National Park, you see the moon in the sky above. What happened? Last week, it seemed like more of the moon was visible! You borrow binoculars to try and see if you can see the "hidden" edge at the side of the moon.
   
Now is your chance to keep track of the differences in how the moon looks. Are you ready for your this fun assignment! For the next 28 days, draw what the moon looks like. You may need to get your parents permission if the moon is not visible before you have to go to bed!
   

Materials:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Chart
 
 

Use the chart to track the visible changes in how the moon looks. Shade in each circle showing how much of the moon is hidden. Remember to write the date and time of your observations. Also get your parents to initial that they let you do the observations.

   

Example - a completely shaded circle means that you cannot see any of the moon.

Example - a circle with no shading means you can see the entire moon!

   

Try IT!

Still need more practice? This is a fun activity you can do!

   

Materials:

  • One package of chocolate sandwich cookies
  • A spoon
  • A calendar.

Procedure:

  1. Remove several cookies from the package.
  2. Separate each cookie into two halves.
    1. Use the white frosting to represent the illuminated portion of the moon that we see during each phase.
    2. The chocolate cookie represents the part of the moon that is not illuminated.
  3. Make a cookie that represents the four main moon phases (new moon, first quarter, full moon, last quarter).
    • Use the spoon to remove any white frosting from the cookie to show the part of the moon that is not "visible" from Earth.
  4. Turn to the current month in your calendar. Using the calendar or the Internet, or an adult as a resource, place the new moon cookie on the appropriate day of the current month.
  5. Predict when each of the other phases will appear in the night sky. Place them on the calendar.
  6. Eat your moon phases!
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