Sky Science - Lunar Phases & Eclipses

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The Lunar Phases & Eclipses activity can also be found within the Sky Science - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Sky Science bundle here.

During the activity Lunar Phases & Eclipses, which is ideal for grades 5-7, students will explore the eight phases of the moon as well as solar and lunar eclipses. This activity challenges students to understand eclipses through building a model.

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Understand the orbit of the Earth and its moon
  • Understand why the moon changes phases
  • Describe the phases of the moon
  • Explain solar and lunar eclipse

Additional resources included with the lesson plan:

  • Student worksheet
  • Student reading: What is an Eclipse
  • Image showing lunar phases

Additional resources required:

  • Flashlight(s)
  • Space for movement
  • Device with internet access