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Students create a photo story of the eight phases of the lunar cycle in this lesson


Computers & Internet, Science  


3, 4, 5  

Title – Lunar Cycle Shown Through Photo Story 3
By – Juan M. Garcia
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 3-5th grade

Time frame:

    1 week or (29 days if time permits)

Concept / Topic To Teach:

    Students will the learn the eight phases of the lunar cycle.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:

      112.7.b Science, Grade 5.

        (5.6) Science concepts. The student knows that some change occurs in cycles. The student is expected to:

          (A) identify events and describe changes that occur on a regular basis such as in daily, weekly, lunar, and seasonal cycles.

      126.3.b Technology Applications, Grades 3-5.

        (2) Foundations. The student uses data input skills appropriate to the task. The student is expected to:

          (A) use a variety of input devices such as mouse, keyboard, disk drive, modem, voice/sound recorder, scanner, digital video, CD-ROM, or touch screen.

        (4) Information acquisition. The student uses a variety of strategies to acquire information from electronic resources, with appropriate supervision. The student is expected to:

          (A) apply appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information including keyword and Boolean search strategies; and

          (B) select appropriate strategies to navigate and access information on local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), including the Internet and intranet, for research and resource sharing.

        (5) Information acquisition. The student acquires electronic information in a variety of formats, with appropriate supervision. The student is expected to:

          (A) acquire information including text, audio, video, and graphics;

        (7) Solving problems. The student uses appropriate computer-based productivity tools to create and modify solutions to problems. The student is expected to:

          (A) use software programs with audio, video, and graphics to enhance learning experiences;

          (B) use appropriate software to express ideas and solve problems including the use of word processing, graphics, databases, spreadsheets, simulations, and multimedia; and

          (C) use a variety of data types including text, graphics, digital audio, and video.

        (8) Solving problems. The student uses research skills and electronic communication, with appropriate supervision, to create new knowledge. The student is expected to:

          (A) use communication tools to participate in group projects;

        (B) use interactive technology environments, such as simulations, electronic science or mathematics laboratories, virtual museum field trips, or on-line interactive lessons, to manipulate information.

General Goal(s):

    The students will be able to describe the lunar cycle and create a photo story depicting the lunar cycle.

Specific Objectives:

    The students will create a photo story of the eight phases of the lunar cycle using pictures taken or pictures from the internet using Photo Story 3 and including music, narration and text to describe each phase of the lunar cycle.

Required Materials:

  • computer
  • digital camera
  • scanner
  • headset with microphone
  • internet connection
  • Photo Story 3

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • Students will go to Scantek lab (Science Lab) and complete the Lunar Cycle Module. The Scantek lab is a computer based science program where the students conduct scientific experiments utilizing the computer to assist them. Many of the modules have hands on experiments that are correlated to the student learning objective.
  • With this module the student are only using the computer software. The students are shown the different phases of the moon and how long the lunar cycle last.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Teacher will discuss with the students the lunar cycle and the eight phases the lunar cycle to check for understanding.
  2. The students will pair up into partners to create a photo story.
  3. The students will have to search the internet and download pictures of the moon. Teacher has to make sure the pictures are copyright safe to use.
  4. If time permits, the students can take their own pictures of the moon during a lunar cycle. After they take pictures, upload them to the computer.
  5. Upload the pictures to Photo Story.
  6. After the pictures have been uploaded to photo story, the students will add text, music, and narration to the photos describing which phase each photo is depicting.
  7. If the students have any questions, the teacher will assist them.
  8. Students finalize project and present them to their classmates.

Plan For Independent Practice:

    Each student will be required to complete half of the project.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

    The students will present in front of class. They will also write in their science journals the key terms discussed in the lunar cycle, the different phases of the moon, and the amount of time it takes to complete the lunar cycle .

Assessment Based On Objectives:

    The students will be given a rubric for the photo story and they will also be required to draw and label the eight different phases of the lunar cycle.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

    Students with learning disabilities will be grouped with other students who are more familiar with computers and guide the students with learning disabilities.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

    The gifted students will perform the projects on their own. Students will show a connection to math. Students can show what percentage or fraction of the moon is shown in each phase and add a slide showing the percentage or fraction.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

    The lunar cycle can be tied in with math. What percentage or fraction of the moon is covered in each phase? Elapse time, how long does each phase last and how long does each cycle last?

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