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Phases of the Moon Activity for Guided Reading

Phases of the Moon Guided Reading Activity

Hey teacher peeps! With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, we’ve been over the moon with excitement! There’s something about that big, beautiful sphere in the night sky that ignites the imagination and inspires awe. It happens with all of us–young and old. The kiddos in our classroom can be inspired, too; so let’s blast off on an adventure to teach a “Phases of the Moon” activity during Guided Reading!

While the actual anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing was July 20, 2019, learning about the phases of the moon can be fun and interactive for your kiddos at any time in the coming school year.

Teach a Guided Reading Lesson on the Moon…

Well, technically, you’ll be here on earth, and the lesson you teach will be about the moon. A Phases of the Moon Guided Reading lesson is included in my Guided Reading “Teach-Its” Mega Bundle. This Guided Reading Mega Unit includes 12 Guided Reading units (including 6 Fiction units and 6 Non-Fiction units). Each text is LEVELED based on Guided Reading levels (ranging from H/I-P/Q); and each includes a standards-based, scripted Guided Reading lesson plan covering 3 to 4 days worth of instruction.

Phases of the moon guided reading cover

It’s not rocket science, teacher friend. This Guided Reading Mega Bundle will set you up for Guided Reading Instructional SUCCESS!

Best of all, when you teach this cross-curricular lesson on the phases of the moon, your students will learn science concepts—while they work on their reading skills. It’s a win-win, my friend!

Incorporate My Flip-Flap book for a Phases of the Moon Activity

The students in your classroom will have a “Blast” working on learning activities in my fresh and funky
Phases of the Moon flip flap book®. There’s also a Space Flip-Flap book® your students will love! Have your students demonstrate their knowledge of the sun, space, the planets, and phases of the moon with these fun and engaging activities.

Included in these units are:

  • 1 M-O-O-N Flip-Flap Book® – The students will use this resource to demonstrate their knowledge about the Moon.
    They’ll write facts about the moon, compare and contrast the earth and the moon on a venn diagram, and color the eight phases of the moon in the correct order.
  • 1 S-P-A-C-E Flip-Flap Book® – Just as in the moon book, your students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned about space within this resource. They’ll record facts about the sun and research two different planets: recording their sizes, how many moons each has, and how long each takes to orbit the sun. The solar system is the final page of this flip-flap book® – it allows the students to label the planets on a diagram.

Bring the Topic Down to Earth

Although the moon is a mysterious heavenly body, there’s a lot we know about it. Share the wonder with the kiddos in your classroom with an exciting lesson and Phases of the Moon activity. They’ll have a “blast” showing their knowledge of the moon and planets in a fun and interactive way! The moon is a long way away (238,855 miles, give or take a couple); however, these lessons will bring the topic down to earth so your little learners can add to their knowledge base!

Here’s a great resource from NASA, with tons of resources for teaching your students all the fun factoids about the sun, moon, planets and our little universe! Keep shooting for the moon, my teacher friend! And keep up the good work of teaching those tiny earthlings!

Before you go, I have one more important note to share…

Talk about over the moon excited! I am THRILLED to finally be able to tell you about my exciting new online program, Guided Readers.

This comprehensive online Guided Reading program provides hundreds of leveled Guided Reading texts, rigorous lesson plans, and word work instruction, based on best practices in literacy instruction. The Digital Interactive Reader will also provide your students with oral comprehension, decoding, and fluency practice.

introducing guided readers

Guided Readers will give you access to amazing lesson plans along with professionally illustrated printable & digital books and instructional materials. There are 3 affordable program plans for Guided Readers, and right now they’re at special introductory prices!

Ready to nail your Guided Reading groups and help your students thrive? Click here to get Guided Readers!

Cheering you on,


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Hi, I'm Anna! I was a primary teacher for over twenty-three years, wife of a firefighter, mother of twin teenage boys, obsessed with being creative and helping teachers and love my Saturday morning quiet cup of coffee!
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