Since it’s almost the Mid-Autumn Festival, our kids are learning about the moon. To be honest, I’m relearning moon phases, too! To help us remember wacky lunar names, we’re using printable Montessori 3-part moon phase cards with real NASA photos.
Waxing Gibbous, anyone?
Please tell me we aren’t the only ones who keep forgetting these complex moon phase names!
Since we’re hoping to raise trilingual children, I created our Montessori moon phase 3-part cards in Chinese, Korean, and English. I hope they can help your family with homeschooling or supplementing regular school.
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Supplies for Montessori moon phase 3-part cards activity
How to teach moon phases with Montessori 3-part cards
Each set of cards is made up of 3-parts:
- Picture (photo or realistic drawing)
- Label (the picture’s name)
- Control card with picture and label together
Moon phase control cards
Control cards can be used at any age to practice recognizing an image and learning moon phase names. For example, you can use them while reading children’s books about the moon.
Introducing moon phases with the Montessori 3-period lesson
- Period 1 – Introducing each moon phase name: “This is the moon. 这是月球 (Zhè shì yuèqiú).”
- Period 2 – Assessing whether a child can recognize the moon phase name without pressure to name it: “Show me the moon. 给我看月球 / 給我看月亮(Gěi wǒ kàn yuèqiú).”
- Period 3 – Seeing if the child can come up with the moon phase name when asked: “What is this? 这是什么？/ 這是什麼？(Zhè shì shénme?)
Matching moon phase 3-part cards
Younger children can match moon phase photos while those who are ready to read and use the word cards.
Because of the moon craters, matching images in this set is trickier than other Montessori 3-part cards.
Since kids can self-check their work, 3-part cards encourage independent observation and matching. In turn, concentration and confidence grow.
Organizing Montessori moon 3-part cards
In the downloadable PDF file, I’ve created a convenient template for organizing and storing the Montessori moon phase 3-part cards.
One section is for the control cards, one section is for the image cards, and the smallest slot is for the labels.
Important moon phases names in Chinese, Korean, English
Below are the moon phase names that our children learned. The words are listed in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, Korean, and English.
- 月球 (Yuèqiú) or 月亮 (Yuèliàng)
- Phases of the moon
- 月相 (Yuè xiàng )
- 달의 위상 or 월상
- New moon
- 新月 (Xīn yuè)
- Waxing crescent – Right side 1-49%
- 眉月 (Méi yuè)
- First quarter – Right side 50%
- 上弦月 (Shàngxián yuè)
- Waxing gibbous – Right side 51-99%
- 盈凸月 (Yíng tú yuè)
- Full moon -– 100%
- 满月 / 滿月 / (Mǎnyuè)
- Waning gibbous – Left side 51-99%
- 亏凸月 / 虧凸月 (Kuī tú yuè)
- Last quarter – Left side 50%
- 下弦月 (Xiàxián yuè)
- Waning crescent – Left side 1-49%
- 残月 / 殘月 (Cányuè)
- Lunar eclipse – when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon
- 月蚀 / 月蝕 (Yuè shí / Lunar eclipse)
In Chinese, 月球 (yuèqiú) is the scientific term while 月亮 (yuèliàng) is used colloquially in everyday conversation.
Get your Montessori 3-part cards activity pack here
Have you used these moon phase Montessori 3-part cards?
If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s) and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!