We are crazy about moon phases! The boys worked with quite a few moon-related materials today. Almost all of the presentations and materials you will see are thanks to the Karen Tyler Astronomy Album.
We looked at images of the moon and its surface. The boys learned how craters are made and then made their own cratered moon surfaces with a marble and a cake tin full of flour.
Next the Orbiter made another appearance to help us talk about why the moon looks different from night to night. Kal-El took advantage of this opportunity a little later in our work session to also review the positions of the Earth as it rotates around the sun over the course of one year. The months of the year are printed on the base of the orbiter. For my relatives' listening enjoyment, here is Kal-El using the orbiter while singing the months of the year:
While Kal-El was singing the months of the year Me Too completed the three-part cards of the moon's phases (Northern Hemisphere). You can hear him getting impatient during the video because he is telling me that he finished and I am ignoring him.
New Moon again!
The boys can't wait to go outside tonight. We are hoping it is clear enough to see the moon and note its phase!