Cooperative Group Moon Phases
In this activity, a group of students will work together to create a moon phase poster. Each student in the group will have a specific job, and each student will also need to draw/paint/color one of the moon phases. Group size can vary depending on the number of students you have in your class and how many groups you want to manage, but a good number in each group is four.
1. Divide students into groups of four, if possible.
2. Explain to students that each student in the group will have a role. There will need to be a leader, a secretary, a reporter, and a timekeeper. If students have more than four in each group, you can have two timekeepers or two reporters. The leader's job is to keep everyone on task and the assignment moving forward. The secretary writes down anything that needs to be recorded. The reporter shares the group's project and any findings with the class. The timekeeper makes sure they don't run out of time before getting their project completed.
3. Next explain to the students what their assignment is. Students will need to present an art project of the moon phases. They will have paper, paint, markers, construction paper, scissors, glue, and tape (or any other materials you want them to work with). They can create whatever type of display they want as long as it shows the moon going from the phase of new moon to the phase of full moon. They also need some text that explains what is happening and why the moon looks different throughout the month. The rest is up to them. They can be as creative or literal as they want. (If you want to share a rubric with students for how you will grade the project and what you expect, then you should do this before they get started on the project.)
4. When students finish, they present their projects to the class. You can also display them in the room.