Phases of the Moon
This lesson provides a basic explanation of the phases of the moon. The reading could be used as part of a class discussion or as an individual reading exercise.
• to explain why the moon appears to change in appearance;
to teach the children how to plot and describe the different phases of the moon.
Have you noticed that the moon keeps changing shape? It starts as a thin crescent which grows bigger every night until it is a bright ball in the sky. What makes it seem to change like this?