Sky Science - Scale Solar System

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The Solar Eclipse 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 Solar Eclipse activity, which is ideal for grades 5-7, students will extend their understanding of the phases of the moon to learn about the conditions under which a solar eclipse might occur as viewed from Earth, and how a solar eclipse differs from a lunar eclipse.

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

  • Understand the orbit of the Earth and its moon
  • Explain solar and lunar eclipse

Additional resource required:

  • Pencils or wooden skewers
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Flashlights
  • Flexible metal wire
  • String
  • Rulers
  • Device with internet access