1. explain how a solar eclipse occurs.
2. explain how a lunar eclipse occurs.
3. predict the time and date of the next solar eclipse happening on Earth.
4. predict the time and date of the next eclipse in the student's hometown.
5. create a souvenir to take home, and a ticket out the door for accountability.
1. Students will be given a handout and will create an eclipse pyramid. The pyramid contains information about a partial eclipse, the alignment of sun, Earth, moon during a solar and lunar eclipse, and the umbra, penumbra.
2. Using a tech device (computer, iPad, etc), students manipulate a Time/Date research site from a web address found on their handout. Once at the site they gather information about the type and times of the next solar eclipse that will occur in the world, and the next type of eclipse to occur in their town ( solar/lunar and partial/total). They record their information. As class ends, the lower part of their handout is submitted for accountability, and as a "Ticket Out the Door".
The preview shows the answer key.
It can be a stand alone lesson or part of a teacher generated lesson with additional discussions about eye safety or investigation of the umbra/penumbra locations during a total eclipse.
If you choose to have students use the time and date site to extend the lesson, have students investigate other countries, or cities where they have friends, grandparents or know of sport teams.
Perhaps you are a teacher who likes students to decorate their work. Have them use glitter, or stickers or markers to make their pyramids unique. Please share them in the comments (if you get a chance). Thank you.