The lesson introduces students to solar and lunar eclipses. Most students have heard the term “eclipse” used but many students may not understand the difference between solar and lunar eclipses, or what takes place during an eclipse. There is often confusion between the two, and sometimes there are “facts” that are misstated, which further confuse students. A hands-on activity using a flashlight, and objects to represent the sun, moon, and earth should be used to help students “see” an eclipse of the sun and moon. The lesson may also be used in conjunction with lessons related to the moon and sun.
Eclipses Lesson Plan Includes:
- Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
- Instructional Content Pages about Eclipses
- Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying different types of Eclipses
- Answer Keys
- Common Core State Standards
- Many Additional Links and Resources
- Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.
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