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Eclipses Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of eclipses. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Eclipses 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Eclipses Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Eclipses 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe the location of the Earth, Sun, and Moon during a lunar and solar eclipse, they will also be able to describe the penumbra and umbra during an eclipse.

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The Eclipses Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will create a model of the Earth, Sun, and Moon to demonstrate and describe eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

The Eclipses Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

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Eclipses Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about eclipses. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Escape Rooms

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The Project, I Lava You - Rebuild After A Volcano STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to study the history and past eruptions to help you predict a good location to build a new community.

Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.

At the end of the Project, I Lava You - Rebuild After A Volcano STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.

Explories - A Complete NGSS Storyline

Explories are NGSS units that integrate a storyline and project-based learning with Kesler Science Inquiry Labs, Station Labs, and 5E Lessons. The Explories unit below is also included in the Kesler Science Membership .


DARK: An NGSS Unit Study of the Sky

Welcome to DARK. This is an NGSS unit that integrates a storyline and projects with existing Kesler Science inquiry labs, station labs, and 5E Lessons. In this unit, students will join and assist the fictitious Amateur Astronomers’ Conservation Society, exploring the relationships between the Sun, Moon, and Earth, and evaluating changes that will affect our future atmosphere.

"Think about the sky for a moment.  Do you picture a clear blue day with white puffy clouds?  Or a nighttime view full of sparkling stars?  Have you ever really thought about the importance of our sky?

You're in luck!  You've been given a chance to 'expand your horizons.'  Your class has been invited to join the Amateur Astronomers’ Conservation Society.

To complete your membership, you will first complete a specialized model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon’s relationship in space. Then, once you are a full member, you will help other members of the society investigate eclipses, reduce nighttime light pollution, and study the effects of atmospheric changes on our environment.  

You're about to experience the sky in a whole new way.  

Don’t be afraid of the DARK!"

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Visual Data & Graphing

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Review Board Games

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the eclipses unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • Can you describe how the positions of the Sun, Moon, and Earth determine the type of eclipse?
  • Can you model how the shadow cast in an eclipse causes partial and total eclipse?
  • MS ESS1-1 - Develop and use a model of the Earth-Sun-Moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the Sun and Moon, and seasons

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