Jefferson Middle School eighth graders performed a hands-on demonstration in Jess Muscaro’s science class to better understand the phases of the moon as part of a larger unit that aims to explain seasonal, monthly and daily changes on Earth. Students manipulated their "moon" around the "Earth" (their head) so they were better able to see the changing patterns of the moon's reflection. This experiment helps students recreate different perspectives of the moon from Earth and to describe how perspectives change based on relational distances and directions of celestial bodies.
“I think this demonstration works well to build student understanding because it asks students to recreate different perspectives of moon from Earth,” said Ms. Muscaro. “It also asks students to describe how perspectives change based on relational distances, and directions of celestial bodies.”