Lunar Phases Science Games

In this series of games, your students will learn about the what, how, and why of the Moon and its cycles. The Lunar Phases learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.

Concepts Covered

We only see one side of the Moon because it rotates at exactly the same rate as it revolves around the Earth. The Moon reflects sunlight, so as its position changes relative to the Earth and the Sun, it cycles through the different lunar phases. One lunar cycle takes about 29.5 days, and its pattern allows us to predict the Moon’s phase at any given time, using drawings, 3D models, and computer models.

In total, there are seven games in this learning objective, including:

  • Moon Quest: A Moon Exploration Platformer Game
  • Lunar Wolves
  • Ms. Rose and Lunar Phases
  • Lunar Photographer
  • Lunar Frenzy
  • Lunar Phases: Meteor Defense
  • Floating Spheres: Sun, The Moon and the Stars

A further preview of each game is below.

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Tags: phases, waxing, waning, gibbous, crescent, new moon, full moon, rotation, revolution, orbit

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