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Claflin University School of Education

EDUC 450: Professional Clinical Practice

Reflective Lesson Plan Model
Name: _Avriel Taylor____________

Date: ____October 29, 2014________

Phases of the Moon
Title of Lesson


Subject Area (s)
First Grade
Grade Level

(Curriculum Standards)

-Plan and conduct a simple investigation and understand that different

questions require different kinds of investigations.
-Use data/evidence to construct explanations and understand that
scientists develop explanations based on their evidence and compare
them with their current scientific knowledge.
Each student will be given 8 split Oreo cookies and one plate with the phases

Description and Background of the moon on the bottom of the plate. The student will use their spoon to
move the cream off the cookie to model the correct phase of the moon. After

completing eight correct moon phases with their cookies, the student will label
each phase of the moon with the correct name strip (New moon, full moon,
waxing crescent, waning crescent, first quarter, last quarter, waxing gibbous,
waning gibbous). Once the student has correctly labeled the moons, they may
eat the cookies and take the plate home, where it can be used to track the
moon in their own neighborhood.

Lesson Objectives

Varying Objectives for

Individuals Needs

The first grade learner will model understanding of the eight phases of the
moon using the Oreo cream-cookie representation activity.

-Below Level: The teacher will make rounds during the activity to assist all
students. Below level learners will be completing an activity that is modeling
and using direct, applicable manipulatives. The teacher will also offer
assistance in placing the moon phase names with struggling learners.
- Above Level: Above level learners will be challenged with the placement of
the Earth. Above level learners will need to place their Sun in the correct
location without teacher assistance. Above level learners will also be
challenged with the placement of the moon phase names under their cookiecream moon phases.

Statement of Purpose

Materials and Resources

Anticipatory Set

One pre-made paper with moon phases attached (DEMO)

8 Oreo cookies, split per student
One plastic spoon per student

The teacher will remind students of the phases of the moon with a quick review
of the 8 different phases. The teacher will then explain that each student will
show a full lunar cycle that is edible at each of their very own seats


The teacher will complete a KWL chart.

The teacher will have a completed activity for the students to see.

Teacher Modeling or
Guided Practice

The teacher will demonstrate the first two phases with the students so the will
have a better understanding of how to complete the last six.

Checking for Understanding

Independent Practice

(attach to lesson plan)

Each student is responsible for modeling the phases of the moon using cookie
cream. The phases should closely resemble the phases of the moon, as noted
on the bottom of the moon phases plate.
The teacher will review the correct phases of the moon in the correct order
before allowing the students to eat their moon phases. The teacher will also
show each student that their moon phase can be hung so students may follow
the phases of the moon from their own window.
The teacher will walk around and assist students in the activity. The teacher
will be checking for understanding and making sure that each student is on
track with their moon phases during the activity. The teacher will informally
assess each student as she walks around and a formative assessment will be
noted upon the completion of the activity. Students will be given a check plus
(+) for completing the activity to the best of their ability, a check () for work
that is complete, but not to the best of their ability, and a check minus (-) foe
work that is below their working ability

Extension Activities
The smart board will be used to pull up a picture of the phases of the moon.


Connection Across the

PART III: REFLECTION ( Complete JOURNAL RESPONSE after individual lesson
presentation) ** Submit next class after presentation.
Describe the strengths of your instructional techniques, strategies and classroom management.

Describe the strengths of student engagement.

Describe the weaknesses of your instructional techniques, strategies and classroom management.
Describe the weaknesses of student engagement.

Suggestions for

What would you change when teaching this lesson again?

Revised 6-2013