Experience a Solar Eclipse

Didn't catch the last solar eclipse? Now every day can be eclipse day, thanks to an interactive lesson plan from PBS' Space series for middle schoolers! The well-rounded multi-media experience includes video clips, an interactive, and background reading.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Perform the modeling activity after the video to give students a sense of the sun-moon-Earth interaction
  • Show the portion of the video that includes people's reactions to the eclipse as an opener for instant engagement
Classroom Considerations

  • Before beginning the lesson, make sure pupils understand that the moon does not give off its own light
  • Individuals need computers with Internet access for three class periods
Pros

  • Amazing images give the activity a big wow factor
  • Supplemental materials are easy to locate and well-written
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS