Module 3: The Earth and the Moon
Lesson 5: Solar and Lunar Eclipses
This activity requires approximately three 30-minute classes
- 1 Class for the Lunar Eclipse WebQuest
- 1 Class for the Solar Eclipse WebQuest
- 1 Class for students to write an explanation of the differences between solar and lunar eclipses
301-20: observe and explain how the relative positions of Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are responsible for the moon phases, eclipses, and tides.
Through this activity, students will become more familiar with solar and lunar eclipses and will have an opportunity to see some fascinating pictures and video clips of eclipses. Because the activity includes a WebQuest component, students will also become more familiar with Internet researching.
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Language Arts
This activity involves two WebQuest Internet research components. Students will use the Internet links provided to research solar and lunar eclipses in an attempt to better understand the relationship between the sun, moon and Earth. Students will also be presented with fascinating eclipse pictures and a look at the astronomers who chase eclipses around the world. The last part of the lesson involves having students write an explanation as to how solar and lunar eclipses differ.
Materials and Resources:
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- lunar eclipse
- solar eclipse
- partial eclipse
- total eclipse
- annular eclipse
Developing the Lesson:
Comment that this is a group investigative activity
- Handout resources
- Explain time frames
- approx. 1 class to explore solar eclipses via WebQuest
- approx. 1 class to explore lunar eclipses via WebQuest
- approx. 1 class to write explanations
- Explain lab protocol
- what students can and cannot do in the computer lab
- NO OFF-TASK SURFING!!
- when the time is up, STOP!
- Assign students to groups
- Dismiss students to their groups to begin their task
As a closure to the activities, the teacher uses the applet in a lecture-style delivery format, stopping the animation at key moments and eliciting feedback from the students as to an explanation for the type of eclipse observers on Earth would see.
Computer lab research and group work
Excellent participation and group work
Level of participation was adequate
Little evidence of work
Student was off-task most of the time
Completed WebQuest activity sheet
Evidence of excellent research
WebQuest is missing key components
WebQuest is of poorer quality
Evidence of very little if any research
The explanations given are very explicit in detail and correctly explain the differences and similarities.
The explanations given have adequate detail and are basically correct.
Either the explanations lack detail or are very vague.
The explanation is inherently wrong and lacks any evidence.