Oreo Cookie Phases

On Friday, October 8, Mrs Harrelson's hearing impaired sixth grade joined Mrs Kyles' sixth grade science class as they participated in a lab studying moon phases. As the students identified the phases, they created reproductions using Oreo cookies. Each student was given 4 Oreos. After carefully identifying the matching "opposites" (full/new, waning and waxing gibbous/crescent, first/third quarters), the students untwisted their cookies exposing the icing, representing the white of the moon. The two opposites were carefully designed by scraping off or adding to the chocolate Oreo. After placing the replicated "moon" on the correct phase, the students happily ate them. Hands-on activities inspire creativity!