Lesson Plan: The Solar Eclipse Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe what happens during a solar eclipse and how to safely look at eclipses.


Students will be able to

  • identify scientific facts related to a solar eclipse, such as shadow, the rotation of the Moon, and the rotation of Earth,
  • identify the basic arrangement of the Moon, the Sun, and Earth causing a solar eclipse,
  • explore ways to safely observe a solar eclipse.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the concept that light travels in straight lines,
  • the Sun-Earth-Moon system,
  • the fact that the Sun is the main light source for Earth,
  • how shadows are formed,
  • ultraviolet and infrared rays from the Sun.


Students will not cover

  • the phases of the Moon,
  • types of solar eclipses,
  • lunar eclipses.

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