Teaching Earth Science with Children’s Literature: So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!

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So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!, by Allan Fowler, gives simple explanations to young readers about the different phases of the moon.  It explains that children may think that the moon changes it’s shape, but helps them to understand that it is sunlight reflecting off of the moon.  There is a moon calender that shows how the moon may look on any given day of the month and a great graphic that shows the moon orbiting around the earth.  Although very simple and basic, this book would be excellent to share with a young class that is learning about the different phases of the moon.  Now children can understand how the moon changes it’s shape!Curriculum Connections
So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!
is a great teaching tool for introducing the phases of the moon.  It also has great pictures from space that further show the different phases of the moon.  Perfect for a third grade class that is beginning instruction on moon phases (VA SOL 3.8 a)  This book gives simple explanations and could really help students that are having troubling grasping the topic.

Additional Resources

  • Phases of the Moon Handout -  Great fill in the blank worksheet for students to identify and correct name the phases of the moon.
  • Moon Phases Interactive Graphic – Moving graphic that shows the moon orbiting the earth and what the moon looks like during the different phases.
  • Moon Phases Simulation – Allows teacher to control the movement of the moon around the earth.  Each day of the month is available to show the way the moon will look.  Great interactive tool for teacher and students.

Book:  So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape!
Author:
  Allan Fowler
Page Design:
  Sara Shelton
Publisher:
  Children’s Press Chicago
Publication Date:
  1991
Pages: 
31
Grade Range:
  1-3
ISBN: 
978-0516449173