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Students explore the concept of a solar eclipse.  In this solar eclipse activity students research what a solar eclipse is after reading the book entitled Someone is Eating the Sun.  Students then use the program Second Life to explore a solar eclipse and record their observations.  This activity concludes with a full class discussion.
In this total solar eclipse learning exercise, students solve 7 problems about the angular size of the moon, the distance the sun and moon should be to match in diameter, the number of years it will take for the moon to be at a certain distance from the Earth and when the last total solar eclipse will be.
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and explore how a solar eclipse is formed. For this solar eclipse lesson plan, students answer short answer questions and present their findings.
Students make book covers displaying the Sun during a solar eclipse and a labeled illustration of the Sun.
Sixth graders explore the stages of a solar eclipse as a result of the rotation and revolution of the Earth. The myths that evolved through a variety of cultures about this event are also examined.
NASA telescopes have captured the beauty and mystery of a total solar eclipse. While this video does not have much in the way of dialogue or concept explanation, it does show a sight that some of us (kids included) may never witness. A full solar eclipse in silence, as it happens in real time, exposing the corona, solar flairs, prominences, and darkness. Stop the clip as it plays to discuss what is happening.
Why can't we see a solar eclipse in California when they can see it in New York? Ask a scientist and discover how solar eclipses are like shadows that can only be seen if you are very near or directly under them. After viewing this video, why not conduct an inquiry activity where students play with lights, balls, and shadows to create a total eclipse of their own?
Students manipulate and observe a 3-D model which simulates the activity of the Sun, Earth and Moon during a solar eclipse.
Learners explore the causes of the phases of an eclipse and become familiar with the hazards of this event. The event once caused fear. the health hazards are researched and discussed.
Learners demonstrate the revolution of the moon around the earth and the effect of its direct alignment in between the earth and the sun.
In this writing prompt activity, students learn about the date August 11, 1999 when the last total solar eclipse of the millennium crossed through many countries. Students then use pictures and words to create a diagram that explains the solar eclipse.
A sight most learners will never experience, a total eclipse of the sun, in China. An interesting clip that shows just how amazing our sun is. Several questions are raised with the narrators observations. Why did the temperature drop, why did the wind pick up, and what would life be like without the brilliance of the sun?
In this eclipses worksheet, students will compare diagrams of a total solar eclipse with a total lunar eclipse. Students will complete 6 short answer questions based on these diagrams.
Students examine total eclipses of the Sun and their limited regions of totality. They explain that this limited view occurs because the Moon is close enough to us for different points on Earth to view it differently.
Students study physical science. In this eclipse lesson, students discover why solar eclipses happen. They work in small groups to read an article and explore a website to gain information before creating a power point. This lesson includes resource links, vocabulary, assessment questions, and follow-up activities.
According to some ancient Mesopotamians, "The sun was put to shame" during a 14th century total solar eclipse. How can the moon, which is 400 times smaller than the sun, completely cover it? This video demonstrates the answer graphically. Also explained are several historic events that happened during a total solar eclipse. Viewers will look forward to August 21, 2017 when another of these spectacular events will occur! Your lesson on the sun will shine when you include this video clip!
Students simulate location of Earth, moon, and sun, in relationship to each other, during a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse.
In this solar eclipse learning exercise, learners fill in the blanks with terms about the sun and its characteristics and the process of a solar eclipse.
In this moon worksheet, students identify each phase of the moon and explain how solar and lunar eclipses occur. This worksheet has 5 fill in the blank and 2 short answer questions.
In this earthquake exploration worksheet, students complete 3 prior knowledge questions, then use "Eclipse Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.

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