MS-ESS1-1 Solar and Lunar Eclipses Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS1-1 Solar and Lunar Eclipses Lab Stations Activity
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Just in time for the 2017 Solar Eclipse!

About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS1-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe the motion of the moon relative to the Earth and the sun.
2. Compare and contrast features of solar and lunar eclipses.
3. Compare and contrast the relative position of the sun, Earth and moon during a solar and lunar eclipse.
4. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the position of celestial bodies during a solar and lunar eclipse.

Science Skills Station
In the first activity, students will study the frequency of solar and lunar eclipses. In the second activity, students will observe the view of the sun and moon during a solar and lunar eclipse, respectively, from the perspective of Earth’s surface. From these observations, students will illustrate the relative position of the sun moon and earth during a solar and lunar eclipse.

Narrative Station
Students will read about solar and lunar eclipses at this station. They will also watch videos that show how the orbit of the Moon is tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to solar and lunar eclipses. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will build a physical model that helps explain how solar and lunar eclipses occur. They will use the model to demonstrate how shadows are cast by the moon or Earth, resulting in a solar or lunar eclipse, respectively. Students will choose objects that will show the relative sizes of each other and will identify limitations within the model.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
1 Rectangular piece of styrofoam (per lab group)
Small styrofoam balls (of at least 3 different sizes; each group will need 3 balls)
Toothpicks, thin wood dowels or skinny wood sticks (approximately 5 per group)
Pipe Cleaners or Wire
1 flashlight
Markers

Important Note: This lab will require more time than a typical SNAPs lab. Allow 2 class periods or 90 minutes so students have enough time at each in-class station.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 35% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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