Lunar Eclipse Teacher Resources
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A full lunar eclipse in just 40 seconds, impossible! This 40-second time-lapse video shows a full lunar eclipse from start to finish. Not the best of its kind (the video) but it will do in a pinch, especially if you're short on time.
Kids will ooo and awww over this quick time-lapse video showing a total lunar eclipse. From start to finish, they'll see the full moon darken under the earth's shadow, turn a rusty red, then regain it's brilliant white glow. A great clip to show a natural phenomenon you're sure to be discussing this year.
Students examine eclipses. In this eclipse lesson, students investigate solar and lunar eclipses. Students complete a WebQuest and write a descriptive summary of eclipses. Lesson references a WebQuest, but does not include a link.
Middle schoolers discover the moon's phases and the rarity of eclipses. In this lunar lesson, students view a video titled Spin Around the Solar System: A Moon Dance, which demonstrates the key differences between a lunar and solar eclipse. Middle schoolers utilize the Internet to complete an activity based on the order of the moon's phases.
In this earthquake exploration worksheet, students complete 2 prior knowledge questions, then use "2D Eclipse Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.
In this eclipses worksheet, learners will compare diagrams of a total solar eclipse with a total lunar eclipse. Students will complete 6 short answer questions based on these diagrams.
New Review Solar/Lunar Eclipses and the Seasons
How do the moon, sun, and Earth line up to create eclipses? Why do the seasons change throughout a year? The answers to these questions are explained through this series of slides. This apt presentation outlines information using bullet points of information, diagrams, animations, and video explanations. You might want to consider switching out some of the diagrams for crisper versions, but otherwise this PowerPoint will make your world turn!
Students discover how Aristarchus, a Greek astronomer around 230 BC, used a simple observation of the eclipse of the Moon, plus clever reasoning, to deduce the distance of the Moon. They practice the same calculation technique.
In this moon worksheet, students fill in the different phases on the moon on a diagram and label each phase. Students compare a solar and lunar eclipse. This worksheet has 2 fill in the blank and 3 short answer questions.
Students explore the Earth's only natural sattelite, the moon. They view a demonstration using tennis balls of the waxing crescent moon, waxing gibbous moon and a lunar eclipse.
Students explore solar and lunar eclipses and how the sun, Earth, and moon cause them.
Young scholars simulate location of Earth, moon, and sun, in relationship to each other, during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.
Students identify the Earth-Moon relationship and the phases of the Moon. They participate in an activity that illustrates why the Moon has so many different looks within a lunar cycle. They discuss solar and lunar eclipses.
Sixth graders construct a graph to demonstration information that they've learned about the solary system. They also write or illustrate a sonar or lunar eclipse.
Third graders demonstrate the position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun in a solar and lunar eclipse. They list uses for manmade satellites and write a description of how a satellite would be use.
In this lunar eclipse worksheet, learners observe a lunar eclipse over a three hour period and draw their observations. They answer five questions about the information they gathered and write conclusions about their observations.
Students explore lunar eclipses and discover how to predict an eclipse the same way that ancient people did. They examine dates of recorded eclipses and find a pattern. Students apply an algorithm to the pattern.
Ask an astronomer and find out how the orbit of the earth and moon are different and that a lunar eclipse can only happen when their orbits match up. You'll also discover that a lunar eclipse is caused by the earth's shadow. Another mystery solved!
In this eclipses learning exercise, students are given diagrams of a solar and lunar eclipse. They fill in each diagram with given terms and color the diagram to indicate the process for each type of eclipse.