TEL Lesson Plan
The Lunar Cycle

Grade Level: 6
Subject: Science, Astronomy
Time Frame: One class period


Students will research the phases of the Earth’s moon, and work in groups to create models of the moon in its various phases.

Databases/Other Resources

Junior Edition


Students will research the phases of the moon using the Junior Edition Database, and work in groups to demonstrate different phases of the moon using a flashlight and a basketball or soccer ball.


Steps for Teacher

Steps for Librarian

Steps for Student

·   Research:

o   Access the internet using the school’s computers.

o   type the URL into the browser.

o   Watch animation.

o   Access Infotrac Junior Edition

o   Enter the keyword terms “Nigh Moves” (this is an indexing typo for an article called “Night Moves” by Suzanne Wilson.)

o   Select “4 Pdf pages”.

o   Print Article.

o   Read Article.

Related Activities

Students interested in learning more about the moon and its place in the solar system should check out NASA's moon page

Students can also create a calendar tracking the moon phases over the period of a month to test the information they learned in class.

Content Standards

Standard 6:The Universe

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

GLE 0607.6.4 Describe the different stages in the lunar cycle.

Performance Indicators State

SPI 0607.6.4 Explain the different phases of the moon using a model of the earth, moon and sun.


Use the included worksheet to quiz students on understanding of the phases.

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students: c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1.1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2.2. Draw conclusions, make decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3.3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of society.