Assessment resource Lunar cycles: moon phases: assessment

TLF ID L7735

Test your understanding of moon phases by completing ten multiple-choice questions. For example: identify how long it takes for the Moon to make one complete orbit around the Earth; choose an explanation for moon phases. Experiment with a model to help you answer the questions. For instance, move the position of the Moon as it orbits Earth to explore how the Moon's orbit position is related to views of the Moon from Earth. See your results when you have finished the quiz.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use a model to calculate the length of time for the Moon to orbit the Earth.
  • Students determine the visible shape of the Moon from its orbit position and relate this to common phase names.
  • Students determine the fraction of the lit part of the Moon that can be seen from Earth at a specified orbit position.
  • Students provide an explanation for moon phases.
Educational value
  • Assesses student understanding of the the relationship between positions of the Earth, Moon and direction of sunlight.
  • Provides opportunities for students to manipulate an animated model to determine how the Moon’s orbit is related to the visible cycle of moon phases.
  • Tests student understanding of moon phases and rotation via a quiz of ten multiple-choice questions.
  • Supports repeated use through randomised variation of questions.
  • Includes a printable report assessing a student's achievement of learning objectives.
  • Provides a mechanism for students and teachers to comment on the student's learning progress.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Comprehension activity

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Script writer
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.