Teacher Notes. Globes and light sources should be used to have students model seasons, phases of the moon, and eclipses. Recommended Strategy - The four part activity in the student packet may be completed as a Gallery Walk.
1. Caleb’s class is studying the Earth/Sun/Moon system. He studies the diagram of Earth and the sun shown below.
Which season is the northern hemisphere experiencing when Earth and sun are in these positions?
2. Maxine’s class is studying the Earth/Sun/Moon system. She studies the illustration of the moon, sun, and Earth shown below.
At which stage is a solar eclipse possible?
We know that the reason we have day and night is because the Earth
Look at this diagram. Notice how the Earth is always tilted in the same direction. As the Earth , the part of Earth tilted toward the sun changes.
During what seasons is the North Pole tiled towards the sun? Why?
During what seasons it the North Pole pointing away from the sun? Explain.
As the Earth spins, the bulges follow the moon.
How do Eclipses differ from Phases of the moon?
Here is an animation showing a total solar eclipse
This is an animation showing a total lunar eclipse from start to finish.
The moon looks different throughout the month.Sketch a diagram of the Earth, Moon, and Sun that demonstrates how these phases occur.Next, we will test these diagrams.
When the sunlight reflects off the Moon’s far side, we call it a New Moon
When the sunlight reflects off on the Moon’s near side, we call it a Full Moon
Between New and Full, we see parts of the daytime side of the Moon.
Phases of the moon (Click and scan forward to the moon)