Lunar Eclipse Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about a lunar eclipse with this lesson plan. Students will view a video lesson, take a follow-up quiz, and participate in two activities that will solidify major concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the two types of lunar eclipses
  • List how long lunar eclipses can last
  • Explain what a blood moon is

Length 1-1.5 Hours

Materials

  • Access to the Internet
  • Blue marble (larger)
  • Brown marble (smaller)
  • Colored markers, including blue, brown, and yellow
  • Hard copies of the lesson What is a Lunar Eclipse? - Definition, Facts & Frequency along with the related lesson quiz
  • One image of the earth, one image of the sun, and one image of the moon
  • Orange basketball
  • Yardsticks

Key Vocabulary

  • Blood Moon
  • Database
  • Lunar Eclipse
  • NASA
  • Partial Lunar Eclipse
  • Penumbra
  • Total Lunar Eclipse
  • Umbra

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.6

Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.

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