Waxing Gibbous, anyone? I’m pretty sure my husband doesn’t know the moon phases in Korean or English, either haha. Please tell me we aren’t the only ones who keep forgetting these terms over the years!
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Anyway, I’m happy to share these free moon phase printables in Chinese, Korean, and English! I hope they can help your family with homeschooling, distance learning, or supplementing regular school.
Introducing moon phases to children
The most exciting way to introduce moon phases to kids is simply pointing to the moon in the sky! My kids love “finding” the moon in different parts of the sky and observing the shape changes.
Reading books about the moon in Chinese and English also helps with understanding these concepts bilingually.
In addition, we’ve had fun with various moon crafts, including:
- Sun & Moon Paper Roll Paint Stamp – Learn Chinese Characters 日 and 月
- Moon Phase Glue Resist Activity
- Mooncake Moon Phases Fun Play Dough Activity
The moon phases Montessori 3-part cards are perfect for observing NASA images of the moon and learning how to read each name!
Important moon phases vocabulary in Chinese, Korean, English
Below are moon phase names that we reviewed together.
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.
Many thanks to all of the moms who helped me with the Korean moon phase translations!
What you need for Montessori moon phase 3-part cards activity
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- Free printables in SC, TC, Korean, and English in the Printables Library for Subscribers (check the colors section)
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- Printer (this printer and this printer have high reviews)
- White cardstock paper (similar here)
- Paper trimmer or scissors
- Optional: Laminator and laminating pouches (consider for durability)
How to use Montessori 3-part cards to teach moon phase nomenclature
- 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 nomenclature with the 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 phases 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 our other printable activities!
Because kids can self-check their work, 3-part cards encourage kids to complete matching independently. In turn, concentration and confidence grows!
Organizing and displaying Montessori moon phase 3-part cards – printable folder
To make the activity attractive and accessible for my preschooler, the 3-part cards are organized in a tray.
You can download the 3-part cards template in the link below and use it with other Montessori 3-part cards from our website!
We used sturdy colored cardstock paper so that my son would know which folder contains the color 3-part cards!
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!