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Moon Phase Box

I happened to walk into a fourth grade class the other day and they were hard at work making moon phase boxes. They were totally adorable and the kids were completely into it. The teacher very kindly let me take some pictures (thank you Mrs. Parker!) and add to my blog.

Students would need a shoe box and they need to cover the inside and inside lid with black construction paper. Using fishing wire they would hang a ping pong ball in the center of the lid so it is suspended in the center of the box. They then take a flashlight and trace the light end on one of the short ends of the box and then create viewing flaps in the middle of every side (including the one with the light bulb (but that might be slightly off center). It is important that the viewing areas are flaps and not cut directly out (you need to keep the light coming into the box blocked as much as possible).

The teacher used a box cutter to cut the flaps and flashlight hole for the children. I probably would have had students do the cutting and get a parent volunteer to oversee the safety of that station. I am a big believer in letting children do things like cutting (it gives them confidence and makes it easier on me :)

Once it is complete you put the lid on and put the flashlight in the hole. When you look through the viewing stations you will see the ping ball is lit up like the main phases of the moon (only four phases).

Seemed like a very doable project to add into an astronomy unit.


Anonymous said…
I love this idea and was wondering if each student did their own box?
Anonymous said…
I have seen you wearing the FrontRow microphone in several picture posts...what do you think about the system? I can't seem to find a price anywhere without getting a quote. Would you recommend it?
Eve Heaton said…
I think all the students did their own boxes. I need to ask the teacher how she went about collecting the shoe boxes.

The FrontRow microphone is part of our Promethean Board package all our classrooms have. I like using it but a lot of our teachers don't like it (clunky...they think they are loud enough, etc.).
Kerr Crew said…
We did an Oreo Moon Phase project (virtually) and the students loved it because they remembered the terms based on how much white cream was showing on the oreo! I like the moon box idea!

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