Students learn phases of the moon

John Read Middle School fifth grade students stand together wearing their phases of the moon T-shirts. Each student labeled and colored in each of the eight phases of the moon as part of their science class. — Kaitlin Bradshaw photo

Fifth grade students have been studying the phases of the moon in their science classes at John Read Middle School.

To remember the phases of the moon, Suzen Stewart, science teacher, ordered T-shirts with phases of the moon. The students had to color in the phase of each moon and correctly identify it. Students also decorated the rest of the shirt by coloring in the words and putting a smiley face on the sun.

“There are 10 phases, but eight important ones,” said Kira Levin.

She learned was that the new moon marks the beginning of the lunar month.

Samuel Halpern named the eight different phases, full moon, new moon, waning gibbous, waxing gibbous, waxing crescent, waning crescent, third quarter and first quarter.

He said the most interesting thing he learned was, “the moon gets light from the sun and that spins it,” he said.

Ella Simpson said there are also different moons for the seasons. There is the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox.

Ms. Stewart said this was the first year of using the T-shirts.



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