Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Phases Of The Moon Work

5 comments:

Ellen said...

brilliant! your blog is great and the school seems fantastic!
Thank you for sharing your ideas

Ellen
Primary educator Paris, France

N from the Learning Ark said...

This activity looks great, can you explain how you present it? Thanks

Namaste Montessori School said...

I apologize in the delay in responding to your post...took a bit of a blog break.

I find January and February are wonderful months to study the moon here in NY. The children can see the moon in the morning when they wake and in the early evening before bed.

I present the phases of the moon work on a few different levels.
In the first presentation I use a control chart and basically present it as a matching/sequencing activity. Once the child has mastered this I ask them to sequence the cards without the control chart. I then introduce the names of the phases using the three period lesson--"this phase is called a new moon", "Can you point to the phase of the waning half moon?", "What is the name of this phase?"

In our science area we have a selection of non fiction books about the moon. In our reading area we have a selection of fiction stories about the moon. Just about every culture has a story about the moon. We tried to find a story about the moon from each continent. We then wrote our own stories about the moon.

A parent gave us a wonderful calendar for our classroom. It is a seasonal calendar that clearly marks the phases of the moon. I'll try and post a picture of it but you can check out their website at www.ecocalendar.info

N from the Learning Ark said...

Thanks for your help, I'm going to make this and present it to some of the children in my class. Thanks again.

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

Love the moon work. Thanks. My little girl is fascinated by it. Only 2mths now, but will do an adapted version for her. Thanks for the inspiration.