Why doesn't every new moon result in a solar eclipse? This question exploration asks: What determines when we have a solar eclipse? It also includes a concept comparison of solar and lunar eclipses.
Question Exploration Routine and Concept Comparisons are instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the content enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the routines to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. I keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2 pages for the Question Exploration, and 1 page for the Concept Comparison. This product includes the completed routines, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
These Concept Enhancement Routines have the following learning objectives and outcomes:
SWBAT describe solar and lunar eclipses.
These Concept Enhancement Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
SC.8.E.5.9 Explain the impact of objects in space on each other including:
• the Sun on the Earth including seasons and gravitational attraction
• the Moon on the Earth, including phases, tides, and eclipses, and the relative position of each body.
LA.18.104.22.168 The student will record information (e.g., observations, notes, lists, charts, legends) related to a topic, including visual aids to organize and record information, as appropriate, and attribute sources of information
SC.912.E.5.6 Develop logical connections through physical principles, including Kepler's and Newton's Laws about the relationships and the effects of Earth, Moon, and Sun on each other.
SC.912.E.5.10 Describe and apply the coordinate system used to locate objects in the sky.