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.
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The Solar System: An Introduction to the Sun
Brighten up your teaching of the solar system with this middle school astronomy lesson. Over the course of these five activities, young astronomers get an up close and personal look at the sun as they watch videos, read articles, explore...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Round and Round We Go — Exploring Orbits in the Solar System
Math and science come together in this cross-curricular astronomy lesson plan on planetary motion. Starting off with a hands-on activity that engages the class in exploring the geometry of circles and ellipses, this lesson plan then...
5th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
A Rare, Spectacular Total Eclipse of the Sun
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...
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Why Are Solar Eclipses Only Visible in Some Places?
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...
2 mins 3rd - 8th Science