Ever noticed how the Moon appears to change shape each night? That's because as the Moon orbits the Earth, the Sun lights up different parts of its surface - so it's just our view of the Moon that's changing, not the Moon itself.
In this week's activity sheet from Children's University Australasia, and with thanks to buggyandbuddy.com for the original concept, you can create your own Moon Journal to track the phases of the moon and see how it appears to us each day.
The weekly activity sheets are the result of a partnership between ACM, publisher of this website, and Children's University Australasia to help families living in coronavirus-inflicted lockdown.
The activities are designed to be fun, interesting and offer some discoveries along the way. For more ideas and to learn more about the CUA network, go to cuaustralasia.com.
MOON JOURNAL INSTRUCTIONS
1. Print out the Moon Journal page, or draw a copy for yourself.
2. Before you go to bed, observe the moon. Write the date in the top left spot and shade in the circle to resemble how the moon looks. Each night the moon will look different and be located in a different part of the sky.
3. Continue recording your observations each night. Try to make it at about the same time. If you miss a night, put an 'x' over the box. If it is too cloudy to see the moon, draw clouds in the box.
4. Once your journal is complete, look for patterns. What do notice?