This Knowledge Set is designed to promote scientific inquiry as students learn about how ordinary people and scientists across the U.S. are planning to study the total solar eclipse that will take place on August 21, 2017.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 6-12; Physical/Earth & Space Science
- Students will describe the different types of solar eclipses and use models to demonstrate and explain their causes. (NGSS MS/HS-ESS1-1)
- Students will use textual and scientific evidence to support claims about solar eclipses. (CCSS RST.1, RST.2)
Before Teaching this Series
- Create a large K-W-L chart (3-column chart labeled: Know, Want to know, and Learned) and ask students to share ideas about what they already know and want to find out about solar eclipses. At the end of this set, review the chart and add student responses to the “Learned” column.
- Review key vocabulary and concepts related to the Sun-Moon-Earth system (e.g., Earth and Moon orbits, Earth’s rotation, gravity, lunar vs. solar eclipse, etc.)
Texts in this Set (download texts here)
Download the complete teaching guide The Vanishing Sun
Add this text series to your Workspace from the Actively Learn catalog The Vanishing Sun