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Solar and Lunar Eclipses ALL-IN-ONE Lesson | Astronomy Eclipse Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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Approx. 100 pages (including PDF and editable PPTX and DOC versions)
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Everything you need to teach about Solar and Lunar Eclipses! This bundle of resources includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint, student notes, practice questions and formative assessment pieces – almost everything is editable! Through this lesson students will learn the definition of eclipse, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and syzygy (alignment); students will discover that ancient peoples knew how to predict eclipses based on a pattern called the Saros Cycle; how a solar eclipse forms and the three different types of solar eclipses (total, partial and annular); how to safely view a solar eclipse; lunar eclipses and their formation; and, formation of the blood moon.

This is a longer lesson and can be broken apart easily to span up to three classes (e.g. day one: eclipse intro and solar eclipses; day two: lunar eclipses; day three: review activities).

Student learning goals for the Solar and Lunar Eclipses Lesson:

  • compare relative positions of the Sun, Moon and Earth to produce solar and lunar eclipses
  • relate eclipse occurrence to patterns of the Sun, Moon and Earth
  • explain why eclipses do not occur during every revolution of the moon around Earth

Please examine the images and preview above to see how this resource can help you and your students.

In the zipped file, you will receive:

★ 2-page lesson plan (PDF and editable Microsoft Word).

★ 29-slide editable PowerPoint presentation with hyperlinks to YouTube videos.

★ 5-page editable student notes plus 2 pages of homework (PDF and editable Microsoft Word) that coordinate with the PowerPoint in a fill-in-the-blank style. There are 7 homework/practice questions (5 pages of notes, 2 pages of homework questions). A teacher version with blanks filled in is also provided in both file types.

★ 21 pages of editable task cards that can be used as formative assessments. 8 pages of quick checks to be used during class and 8 pages of retrieval practice questions to be later in the unit. For ease of use, these are included as all-different on a page, and all-the-same on a page (PDF file and editable PowerPoint file so you can add your own too!).

★ Domino Puzzle: Student practice matching terms related to eclipses with their definition. Two different sizes of the puzzle are included, along with instructions and solutions. 7 pages (PDF file). Terms included in the domino puzzle are:

-solar eclipse

-lunar eclipse

-total eclipse

-partial eclipse

-annular eclipse


-blood moon




-Saros Cycle

ALMOST ALL RESOURCES ARE EDITABLE: The PowerPoint, lesson plans, student and teacher notes, homework, and bell ringers are all editable. Only the Eclipses Domino Puzzle is a non-editable PDF.

This lesson can further be supported by the Solar and Lunar Eclipses Doodle Note

This resource is part of my Astronomy all-in-one Lesson Bundle that is supported by (but does NOT include) my Astronomy Doodle Notes Bundle.

If you are interested in using the doodle notes with these lessons your best value is to purchase the Astronomy Growing Bundle. This bundle includes all the lessons, PowerPoint presentations, practice and activities as well as all the doodle notes and anchor charts. When additional lessons are added, you can be notified by following my store.

You can see the other resources in the Astronomy all-in-one Lesson Bundle by clicking the links below. Please follow my store for notifications when new resources are added to the bundle.

The Big Bang Theory


The Solar System


Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams (H-R Diagrams)



Asteroids and Comets

Earth’s Seasons

Moon Phases


Solar and Lunar Eclipses


Life on Planet Earth

Revolutionary Astronomers

Dangers of Living in Space

Size of Space

Total Pages
Approx. 100 pages (including PDF and editable PPTX and DOC versions)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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