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Lesson: Moon Phases With Oreos

Lauren Henson
4
th
Grade _ Gates Elementary

Standards: E.ST.04.24 Explain how the
visible shape of the moon follows a
predictable cycle that takes one month.

Objective: Students will be able to
create, identify, and label the different
phases of the moon.

Prior Knowledge: Students will have
had watched a Bill Nye video on moon
phases and created foldable drawings
where they drew and labeled the
different moon phases.



Introduction:

(10 min)
Review previous lesson. Chorus read moon phases off of
foldable drawings.
Review I can statement
Review moon phases with YouTube song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79M2lSVZiY4

Hook:
Who likes Oreos?
T will explain to S they will be creating the moon phases today with
Oreos!

T will place students in groups of 2. Groups previously decided to
group students at different levels together.
*Group Expectations:
Take turns making moon phases (each do 4)
We do not eat the Oreos until the end of the lesson. Be
responsible with materials

Demonstration:
(5 min)
T will demonstrate how to create the new moon phases with
an Oreo and place on moon phase template. S will watch and
participate in giving answers.
o Model using the toothpick how to scrape off the white
filling to make a New Moon with the Oreo.
o T: Why dont we see the new moon we look up into
the sky?
o T: Where would I place the new moon on my moon
phase template?
T will demonstrate how to create the full moon phase with
an Oreo and place on moon phase template. S will watch and
participate when giving answers.
o T: What would the Oreo look like to show when the
moon is on the opposite side of the earth?
o T: How could I show that?
o T: Where would I place the full moon on my moon
phase template?

Guided
Practice:

(15 min)
S will follow T directions to create their own new moon and
full moon phases with their partner.
T will ask: What moon phases occur between the new moon
and full moon?
T and S will create the moon phases between the new and full
moon together and place in correct spot on moon phase
template.

T will ask: How will the moon change after the full moon?
o It will appear smaller
o It will be in the opposite phase from the first part.

Independent
Practice:
(10- 15 min)

T will have S create the rest of the moon phases.
o T will ask S to raise hands when moon phases are
complete.
o If moon phases look correct have S complete moon
phases worksheet to be turned in (per individual).
o Students who finish early can practice moon phases
with white boards or playdough.

o As groups are working T will go around and monitor progress
and assist groups who need extra help.
o If S are struggling have them refer to their foldable
drawing.


Closure:
(3 min)
Review I can statement
T:
o Did anyone notice the moon last night?
o What did it look like?
o What moon phase will we see next?




Assessment: Informal: T will observe groups to make sure S are on task and
are creating and indentifying the correct moon phases.

Formative: S will turn in moon phases worksheet