Lunar Cycles

Lunar Cycles

Course(s)/Subject(s): Science

Grade Level(s):8

Key Words: Astronomy, Technology, Lunar cycle

Developer(s) Name: Irene Rousos

School: Lake Braddock Middle School

Attached Files: MoonDiary
Approximate Time Frame: 40 minutes

Materials/Equipment Needed: Computer with Internet connection and Netscape, printer

Description of Lesson (includes context): In this science computer lab, students will open a specific website, access, research, collect and analyze information about Lunar Cycles.


  1. What is the objective of this lesson?

POS Standards: SOL 6.10, PS 1, C/T 8

POS Benchmarks: 8.13, 8.2, 8.3, 8.5

POS Indicators: 8.13-1,3:8.2.1-3, 5: 8.3.2-5,6 , 7;8.3.3-3: 8.5.3-1

SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology): 8.3.2-5, 6, 7

Other: C/T 8.2,4


  1. What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill?

Product(s): Retrieval of data from Internet, data analysis, application of concept.

Performance(s): Students will perform Internet activity by following directions, accessing information from databases, use data bases to perform research, analyze data and make conclusions then apply knowledge.



  1. What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson?
  2. Follow attachment (MoonDiary.cwk) worksheet activity directions.

Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson?

Page 1 of 2

  1. Provide computers with Internet access for students to do the Moon Diary worksheet


  1. What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)?

Students will work with a partner, directions can be read orally as well as visually presented.

Students will be able to state the length of a lunar cycle and to predict a month in which 2 full moons can never appear.

Students will write answers to worksheet.

Teacher may have to help some students by reading the directions individually and helping them progress with the website access.

Would be helpful to have ESL teacher present to assist ESL students.

Page 2 of 2