We were reading all about space in our language arts unit and, being the thematic planner I am, I decided to bring a little math and science into the mix. So what did we do?? Oreo Moon Phases!
|Anyone notice the t-pins? ;)|
You can get it here. (I realize there was a little error made on the part of the student on the number of times the full moon appeared on this page shown, but that is a scientific error...the math was the focus here ;) )
Next came the fun part. The students were given eight mini-Oreo cookies (I used mini because they, quite frankly, were cheaper. Buying enough cookies for 36 students was going to cost quite a bit ;) ) I had each student show the various moon phases using the white filling in each cookie. You can see in the picture that the new moon was the easiest to create! Then, using toothpicks, the kids molded each of the other phases. I also had them label the phases.
You can see from this picture that the Oreos did leak the grease all over the place. This was largely because when the projects were done, before I put them on the bulletin board, I stacked them on top of each other. The grease from the white filling actually was the culprit in this case. So I wouldn't recommend doing that ;) Otherwise, this was a fun project that I may just do again someday! Have you ever done this?