Lunar Eclipse Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this hands-on lesson plan to teach your students about lunar eclipses. Students will be reading an informational text lesson about the lunar eclipse, then make a model and book to deepen their understanding of concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what happens and why during a lunar eclipse
  • create a model of a lunar eclipse

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson Lunar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts, one for each student
  • Flashlights
  • Styrofoam balls about the size of a large orange
  • Styrofoam balls about the size of Ping-Pong balls
  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Index cards
  • Stapler
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Eclipse
  • Lunar

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

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