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Lunar Eclipse Teacher Resources
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Students investigate the cycles of the moon through an in class experiment. In this lunar lesson, students utilize a tennis ball and their own head to simulate the moon and Earth and create moon phases by observing the tennis ball from different angles. Students create a simulation of the sun as well, using flashlights in a dark cardboard box while bouncing light off of a Styrofoam ball.
Colorful in appearance, but without any photos or graphics, this PowerPoint is best used as a note-taking guide for your lecture. Viewers in your earth science class will discover characteristics and phases of the moon, its role in spring tides and neap tides, the difference between solar and lunar eclipses, and characteristics of the sun. If you do not teach all of these topics on the same day, this resource can be used as a review in preparation for a quiz.
Students explore the major constellations. After reviewing the Earth's basic motions and their significance, students discuss the moon's orbit and revolutions. Using a Digitarium Alpha portable planetarium projector, they observe at least four major constellations and their location in the sky at various times and dates. Students predict the phases of the moon and examine a lunar or solar eclipse.
Eighth graders investigate the regular motions of the sun, Earth and the moon and explain how these are related to days, years, seasons, eclipses, tides and moon cycles. They participate in an exercise where they explore the similarities and differences of these predictable motions.