Today we discussed eclipses a little more in depth, went over our HW from last night, took a quick quiz about the phases of the moon, watched Bill Nye explain why we have moon phases, and tried to match the names of the moon with the month that they occur. The answers to this are below:
January: Wolf Moon Hungry wolf packs howled at night
February: Snow Moon Heaviest snowfalls in the middle of winter
March: Worm Moon Start of spring, as earthworms (and the robins that eat them!) began to appear
April: Pink Moon An early spring flower called "moss pink" started to bloom
May: Flower Moon Many types of flowers bloom in May
June: Strawberry Moon Strawberries were ready to be picked and eaten
July: Buck Moon New antlers of buck deer, coated with velvety fur, began to form
August: Sturgeon Moon Sturgeon, a large fish found in the Great Lakes, were easily caught at this time of year
September: Harvest Moon Farmers could continue harvesting until after sunset by the light of the Harvest Moon
October: Hunter's Moon Hunters tracked and killed prey by moonlight, stockpiling food for the coming winter
November: Beaver Moon Time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to make sure of a supply of warm winter furs
December: Cold Moon The cold of winter sets in
HW: START YOUR MOON CALENDAR SUNDAY NIGHT!
This will be a 5 week long project that will require you to sketch what the moon looks like each night. This will probably be one of the easiest projects you have ever done (if you keep up with it of course).
If you cannot make it outside one night for some reason, make sure you check http://www.die.net/moon/ to see what the moon looks like that night and record it on your calendar.