Here’s what we did today.
Students completed two assignments today. They read the Blue Moon Mistake article and answered questions about the article. The article explained how Sky and Telescope helped create a false definition for a blue Moon over 60 years ago. The correct definition of a blue Moon is four Full Moons during a season. There is normally only three Full Moons during a season.
They also completed the Graphing the Phases of the Moon assignment. Students calculate how many days each phase of the Moon lasts. Using that information, they make a bar graph.
In the afternoon, students read a Native American myth (The Girl Who Married the Moon) explaining why we see phases of the Moon and answered questions about the myth.
Myths can be an interesting part of science. I consider those who created the myths the first scientists. They were trying to find an explanation for what occurs in the natural world. Today’s scientists do the same thing. We have the advantage of knowing more than they did. Still, our purposes were the same.