Eclipses Explained

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Are scholars in the dark about eclipses? Shed some light on the subject! Learners explore the sun-moon-Earth system with an interactive lesson from PBS's Space series. Teaching materials include a printable passage, discussion questions, and helpful teaching tips.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Open class by asking learners to write down why they think eclipses happen, or sketch what happens during a lunar or solar eclipse
  • Have individuals share personal eclipse experiences
Classroom Considerations

  • Plan a quick review of moon phases before beginning the lesson, as this knowledge is crucial to understanding eclipses

  • The non-visual support materials ensure all students have access to the lesson in multiple forms
  • Concise explanations make the activity perfect for homework or review

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Common Core