This serves as the introduction to eclipses, with a focus
on solar eclipses. Basic background information on the orbits
of the Sun, Earth and Moon are needed. General information
on the Sun is also helpful.
Aronsons Natures Blackouts, Eclipses.
Branleys Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime
(This book is currently out of print, but it is frequently
found in libraries. The language is very appropriate for younger
time to locate book and journals for student writing.
will understand that during a total solar eclipse:
Moon blocks the Suns light from viewers on Earth.
becomes dark during the day.
Suns corona is visible.
used to become frightened during a solar eclipse, but now
we understand what causes eclipses and astronomers can predict
Reading and Questioning
a KWL Chart, investigate what students know about eclipses.
List items in the first column (What we Know).
students if they have any questions about eclipses.
may want to model how to ask questions for your students.
A list of question words (who, what, when, where, why, how)
is a helpful language prompt in the classroom. List 3 or
4 questions in the second column (What we Want to
the topic of eclipses by reading Aronsons Natures
Blackouts, Eclipses or F. Branleys Eclipse:
Darkness in Daytime.
students to raise hands if they hear an important vocabulary
word to add to the "Science Word Wall" in the
class. New vocabulary may include items such as: eclipse,
solar corona, shadow, and telescope.
the questions students generated and ask if anyone can answer
any of the questions after the reading. Place students
answers in the last column of the KWL chart (What we have
if there are any new questions. Add them to the chart and
encourage students to look for answers in their reading
students to make entries in their Science Journals using
the following three prompts:
did you study today?
are some new things you learned today?
questions do you have about what you learned?
journal entries will give a good indication of what students
have learned about eclipses and questions they have about
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