On this page, you can download a ‘Moon Phase Recording Chart’ which allows you to record or draw the phases of the Moon on a daily basis from the period just after New Moon through to the Full Moon phase.
Depending on your preference, you can either chose the chart with blank discs or the version with Moon discs.
If you are a teacher, using this resource with your students would be an ideal way of them recording one of the ‘predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses‘ which ‘are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon‘ (quote from The Australian Curriculum, Science / Year 7 / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences. The elaboration of relevance for this activity is 1. investigating natural phenomena such as lunar and solar eclipses, seasons and phases of the moon.
You are free to reproduce and distribute this resource for non-commercial purposes but not to modify it in any way without permission from the author. Full licence conditions at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/.
The table below lists the dates over which the chart is designed to be used to record the appearance of the Moon in 2015.
|Start recording||Finish recording|
|20 January 2015||4 February 2015|
|19 February 2015||6 March 2015|
|20 March 2015||4 April 2015|
|19 April 2015||4 May 2015|
|18 May 2015||3 June 2015|
|17 June 2015||2 July 2015|
|16 July 2015||31 July 2015|
|15 August 2015||30 August 2015|
|13 September 2015||28 September 2015|
|13 October 2015||27 October 2015|
|12 November 2015||26 November 2015|
|11 December 2015||25 December 2015|
To use either chart, just simply grab a pencil and sketch the appearance of the Moon in one of the circles. To make full use of the recording chart you will need to work out when the Full Moon phase will be occurring in the month you are interested in (2015 Moon Phases). Write that date next to the ‘Full Moon’ label on the chart. Then write the preceding dates under each of the circles until you have run out of circles. That will let you record the appearance of the Moon in the correct circle. Keep in mind that you should make the observation at the same time each night (as evening twilight comes to an end is the best time). The left to right motion of the Moon across the chart that you will eventually record reflects the real motion of the Moon around the Earth in its orbit.