23 Jun 2015

The Moon

Learning Objective:
- to understand the importance of the moon in determining the time of the month.
- to understand the correlation between the passing of time and the change in moon shape.
to understand what it means to look for the new moon, especially at the start of the month of Ramadhan.

Qur'an Word: Qamar - Moon
Qur'an Verse: And We have made set phases for the moon 36:39

Moon Facts:
- no light of own, reflects sun
- made of rocks
- doesn't have air
- is 4x smaller than Earth
- you can float on the moon!
- has lots of holes on it

The Lunar Calendar follows the Moon. A month is the time the moon takes to pass through a complete cycle of its phases, and is measured from one New Moon upto the next. The word month comes from the word Moon!

Allah tells us in the Quran there are 12 months in the lunar calendar, but since each month is around 29 days, the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, and that’s why the month of Ramadhan is earlier every year! This allows us to experience fasting in different seasons, sometimes when the days are long and others in winter when the days are short.

Activity: The Moon goes around The Earth Rhyme
Activity: Moon Phase Viewer
Activity: Moon Sighting Telescope
Activity: Dua upon Sighting the New Moon
Activity: Moon Phases Sequencing
Activity: Moon Phase Cards
Activity: Playdough Moon Phases
Activity: Paper Plate Rotating Moon
Activitiy: Islamic Rotating Calendar
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