Reflection: Checks for Understanding Solar & Lunar Eclipses - Section 5: Part 3 (Reflection - Evaluation - Extension)


When thinking about assessing student understanding of solar and lunar eclipses keep the following performance expectations in mind. You want to look for evidence that your students understand the mechanisms for and can explain the following:

1. Solar energy is prevented from reaching the Earth during a solar eclipse because the moon is located between the Sun and Earth.

2. Solar energy is prevented from reaching the moon (and thus reflecting off of the moon to Earth) during a lunar eclipse because Earth is located between the sun and moon.

3. Because the moon’s orbital plane is tilted with respect to the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the sun, for a majority of time during an Earth month, the moon is not in a position to block solar energy from reaching Earth, and Earth is not in a position to block solar energy from reaching the moon.

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Solar & Lunar Eclipses

Unit 8: Where Is Earth In Space?
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT develop and use a model to explain the relative position of the Sun, Earth, and Moon during a solar and lunar eclipse (total, annular, partial) and the shadows (umbra, penumbra) they produce.

Big Idea: Through the use of models and simulations, students explain the patterns of eclipses.

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