Moon During the Daytime - Phenomenon

Contributor
Lothar Lenz
Type Category
Instructional Materials
Types
Animation/Movie , Phenomenon
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

Reviews

Description

This one minute and twenty-nine second video starts with daytime in the forest.  Birds are heard.  Then it changes its focus toward the sky.  The video zooms in on the moon and its landscape.  The video ends by changing its focus back to the daytime forest.  No explanation is given.  

Intended Audience

Learner
Educational Level
  • Grade 1
  • Elementary School
Language
English
Access Restrictions

Free access - The right to view and/or download material without financial, registration, or excessive advertising barriers.

Performance Expectations

1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment of star patterns is limited to stars being seen at night and not during the day.

This resource was not designed to build towards this performance expectation, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
The video would be a good introduction for students to excite them about tracking the predictable patterns of the moon. It can also be used to dispel misconceptions.

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource was not designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
Many students have the misconception that the moon can only be seen at night. Teachers can use this resource to dispel this misconception. The teacher needs to provide students time to track the moon for an extended time during the day and at night to engage them in this phenomenon.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource was not designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
The video shows that the moon is visible during the day. It should raise student questions such as: Can you really see the moon in the daytime? How often can you see the moon at night compared with how often you see it during the day? Is the moon always visible during the day? Do the clouds or the blue sky block you from seeing the moon on other days? Students need to have extended observation time to observe this phenomenon and track the pattern.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource was not designed to build towards this crosscutting concept, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
Merely watching the video would not enable students to see observable patterns, so investigations with a moon observation tracking table need to be provided. The tracking can take place by the students at school and at home, or it can be done as a class using moon observation websites.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: - none -

  • Instructional Supports: - none -

  • Monitoring Student Progress: - none -

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: - none -