BACKGROUND FOR EDUCATORS

Eclipse Misconceptions
Many misconceptions exist regarding eclipses. When approaching this science topic, it may be helpful to know what those are and how to address them.  Use this resource to get started.


Teaching Planetary Sciences – Eclipses
This is the third in a series of three professional development videos that correspond to lessons taught by Andrew Cloud, an Earth and planetary sciences teacher, with a class of 9th and 10th grade students. In this lesson, Andrew introduces the concept of eclipses. Includes videos, supplemental materials, and teaching tips. (PBS Learning Media, free login required)


Educational Research about teaching the big idea of Celestial Motion

          D. Heywood, J. Parker, and M. Rowlands, Exploring the visuospatial challenge of
          learning about day and night and the sun's path, Sci. Educ. 97, 772 (2013).

          J. D. Plummer and L. Maynard, Building a learning progression for celestial motion:
          An exploration of students' reasoning about the seasons, J. Res. Sci. Teach. 51,
          902 (2014).

          J. D. Plummer, Spatial thinking as the dimension of progress in an astronomy learning
          progression, Stud. Sci. Educ. 50, 1 (2014).

          J. D. Plummer, A. Kocareli, and C. Slagle, Learning to explain astronomy across moving
          frames of reference: Exploring the role of classroom and planetarium-based instructional
          contexts, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 36, 1083 (2014).

          I. Testa, S. Galano, S. Leccia, and E. Puddu, Development and validation of a learning
          progression for change of seasons, solar and lunar eclipses, and moon phases,  
          Physics Education Research. 11, 020102 (2015).