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Lunar Phases: A dance under the Sun
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Lunar Phases: A Dance Under the Sun

Correlations to National Science Education Standards

Grades K–4
Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Objects in the Sky

  • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.

Grades 5–8
Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System

  • The Earth is the third planet from the Sun in a system that includes the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
  • Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain such phenomena as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses.



Last updated
August 30, 2010

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