What Is an Eclipse?

What's the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse? Handout an article that explains the phenomenon of both, safety precautions for viewing a solar eclipse, and what a partial eclipse is.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use around a time when there is an upcoming eclipse
  • Have learners compare the different Lexile® leveled reading passages focusing on word choice and word count
  • Include in a space study
Classroom Considerations

  • Access the online version of the resource by signing up for a free Newsela account and assigning it to your classes through a learning management system or Newsela
  • The main reading passage is a Lexile® 940 reading level and is intended for sixth graders
  • Online version provides writing prompts
Pros

  • Provides the reading passage in four additional versions with differnet Lexile® levels
Cons

  • None