Millions of people around the world are celebrating Ramadan right now. This holiday, which depends on the phases of the moon for its date each year is the centerpiece of Moon’s Ramdan by Natasha Khan Kazi about the moon and the way its phases are seen equally around the world. Each page of the story shows people celebrating Ramadan in a different part of the world. It shows the phases of the moon as the holiday progresses through the lunar month are the same in these different places even though the customs are somewhat different.
This book is the perfect jumping-off point for a study of how the moon changes. Each evening the students should observe the moon and record it at least once per week so they can see how it changes. This is also a great time for 3-D models of the moon, the sun, and the earth using things like flashlights for the sun and balls of some sort for the earth and moon. NASA has a wonderful website with information and activities for kids of all ages.