2013-14 B. Moon Over Us: Moon Phases November-December


Moon Over Us: Moon Phases - November-December   with iCollaboratory

In the project, student astronomers around the world exchange results and analyze the differences of images of the moon and discuss this information by commenting on each other’s webpages.

In addition, students will research and share stories and legends about the Moon. The result is an intercultural exchange of explanations about the differences and similarities of each country from the sky, the data gathering technology, and cultural traditions.

After completing the project, including a final survey and sharing reflections about their learning, students receive an iCollaboratory Web Badge and a certificate.

See more details below.

Welcome to the Moon Over Us: Phases project. This project promotes the observations of the Moon by students on different continents. Students learn all about the phases of the moon and how they differ in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. Each evening students observe and sketch or take pictures of the moon once a week, beginnig when the moon is full, and ending when the moon is new. Then students create webpages with their observations about the changes each day.

Activity 1: Take a Survey

Take this survey and tell about your school, your community, and the environment in which you live. View the survey responses to learn more about different communities in the USA and around the world. Analyze the survey data

Activity 2: Take Photos, Video and Draw 

  • Take photographs, videos, and record audio (optional) of the the moon each evening.
  • Record the exact time and place the picture was taken or the drawing was made.
  • Save the images in .jpg format to be uploaded later to your web page.
  • Video or audio recordings can be 30 seconds or shorter and can be recorded with a laptop computer when you take a picture or make your drawing.

You will use these media items in when you create your webpages.

Activity 3:Identify and Compare Moon Phases

Identify each of your photos or drawings with the appropriate phase. Use the Moon Phases Diagram if you need help.

  • Compare each of your photos or drawings to Moon Phases Diagram
  • Save your photos and your comparisons to post all the 5 pictures on the web page you will create in Activity 4.
  • Add them to each picture you take.

Activity 4: Create Your Web Page; Share Your Photos & Drawings

To start your Web page, find your school's name on the drop down menu at the top of this Web page. Once you are on your school's Web page, scroll to the bottom and click 'create page'.

Your Web page should include:
  • All the photos or drawings you selected from each of your observations in a chronological order, and each photo or drawing should include the date, time, location and the name of moon phase.
  • Information about moon phases.
  • Information about your experience of recording moon phases.

  • Your work (writing, drawing, painting, photograph, flash, video, etc.)

    so that others may comment on it.

NOTE: Please include addresses (or latitude and longitude) for each photo/drawing/audio, if possible, so the Project can include the specific location on the interactive map listed just above the date on this page.

Activity 5: Make a Comment

Select one webpage from your school and two pages from another school that do not have comments. Read the information and comment on the page.

The comment should contain:
  • complete sentences
  • what caught your eye on the webpage
  • what information was accurate
  • what you liked about the webpage
  • ask a question so the creator will reply

Activity 6: What Did You Learn?

Please re-read your Web page and the comments. Make a final Web page that is a sub-page about what you have learned in this project.

After completing your reflective comment, please take the final survey.

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