Unit Plan

Experiencing Eclipses

This Experiencing Eclipses unit plan also includes:

Don't be caught in the dark! Young scientists investigate the causes of both solar and lunar eclipses using an interactive to help them understand the development of an eclipse over time. They then research facts and characteristics of eclipses as well as find a timeline for past and future occurrences.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create a viewing map of the next local solar eclipse
  • Keep track of new vocabulary using a graphic organizer
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals need laptops with Internet access
  • Requires a free Gizmo account to use the resources for longer than five minutes
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website.It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes resources for ELL students
  • Provides opportunities to incorporate both reading and writing
  • Resource often mentions a specific school location, which makes the lessons less flexible to other locations