Extraordinary solar eclipse-themed lessons

Celebrate the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years with these scientfic classroom lessons

Erica Magnusson

A Girl Looking Up Wearing Solar Eclipse Glasses

Swap your sunglasses for eclipse glasses as you celebrate this celestial experience with your class

Today, the United States will have its first total solar eclipse in 38 years, covering a pathway from Oregon to South Carolina. As the moon moves across the sun to create partial or complete darkness, the buzz of this once-in-a-lifetime event is the perfect springboard to get your class excited about science.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your eclipse glasses, pick a resource or two and ensure this day is out of this world for your students!

Science lessons

Kick-start the day by getting your elementary class to visualise each phase of the moon with this fun flip-book before answering this collection of multiple-choice questions using these moon phase task cards

Help your middle or high school students grasp the basics of solar eclipses with this comprehensive lesson, including using their phones to simulate and explain how they work. Older learners can then apply this knowledge using these engaging templates, complete with interactive diagrams and an answer sheet.

 

Moon Phases
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Moon Phases

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Moon Phases Flip Book: This student engaging activity allows students to create their own 'movie' of the moon phases. This activity contains three different formats: 1\. Completed version: students cut and assemble 2\. Incomplete version: students shade in the Moon phase, then cut and assembl...
Moon Phases Task Cards
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Moon Phases Task Cards

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Moon Phases Task Cards: These task cards are a great way for students to improve their skills with identifying the phases of the moon and their knowledge of the Sun, Earth, Moon system as a whole. There are two versions of this product: 24 cards with multiple choice questions, and the same 24 c...
Types of Solar Eclipses
richwrigley

Types of Solar Eclipses

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Lesson explaining what is a Solar Eclipse and the difference between a total, partial and annular solar eclipse. Students should use their phones to simulate the different types of solar eclipses (see cover image) and then be able to explain the conditions for the three types of solar eclipses ...
Eclipses Lapbook
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Eclipses Lapbook

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Eclipses: This eclipses lapbook is a fun hands on activity for students to use in their interactive notebooks. Students may research different facts about each type of eclipse (solar and lunar) and write what they find on the provided blank lines. A completed lapbook with answers is included. N...

Cross-curricular activities 

How about making the task of learning solar-eclipse vocabulary fun and engaging with help from these cootie catchers? And, if you weren’t able to get the coveted eclipse glasses or aren’t in school on the day of the eclipse, recreate the celestial magic through this moon-phases and ocean tides scavenger hunt.

Celebrate the moon all year long by having students paint watercolors of the iconic 1969 moon landing with this detailed lesson plan. Plus, encourage competition in your classroom with this interactive quiz, in which learners answer a range of questions in order to build their rocket and win the game. 

 

Eclipses Cootie Catchers
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Eclipses Cootie Catchers

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Eclipses: These eclipses cootie catchers are a great way for students to have fun while learning about eclipses and the different types of eclipses. How to Play and Assembly Instructions are included. Eclipses Vocabulary: Solar eclipse, Total solar eclipse, Partial solar eclipse, Umbra...
Moon Phases and Ocean Tides Scavenger Hunt
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Moon Phases and Ocean Tides Scavenger Hunt

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Moon Phases and Ocean Tides Scavenger Hunt At the end of this Scavenger hunt students will be able to learn the science behind Moon phases and ocean tides with vocabulary on it. Task cards are a great alternative to worksheets. They allow students for random movement in the classroom, whic...
Team Game - Fly Me To The Moon
bryan hackett

Team Game - Fly Me To The Moon

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Interactive quiz for 2 teams - first to build their rocket wins. This can be uesed with all subjects. I have more ppts similar to this if you want them please contact me - feedback gratefully received