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Golf Ball Phases and Embroidery Hoop Eclipses
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Sun, Earth, Earth's Moon
Mission: Apollo Program (Earth's Moon), Earth Science Missions (Earth), Heliophysics Missions (Sun)

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Short Description: In the first half, students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a "blacklight" makes it easier to see the actual phase of the Moon.

In the second half, students adjust their orbits of their moons to gain a deeper understanding of eclipses.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns

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Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute


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Last Updated: 19 Aug 2014