Activities generally include an outline lesson plan and worksheets that can be used in the classroom to demonstrate principles, encourage investigation and/or enhance understanding. Activities are referenced to the National Curriculum for Science.

Each activity is available in both an MS Word (.doc) format as well as a PDF format for maximum flexability and to allow easy modification to suit your class. The two versions are identical in content.

It is recommended that whenever discussing a solar eclipse in a lesson or activity that students should be reminded to never look directly at the bright surface of the Sun without suitable eye protection as permanent eye damage may result. This applies at any time and especially during the partial phases of a solar eclipse.

It is strongly recommended that for any activity involving the Sun teachers conduct a risk assessment before undertaking such an activity.  This should include review of the Queensland Government’s safe viewing advice at: http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/safe-viewing-of-astronomical-events.htm

List of Activities

Number

Description

Year level

AT01

Simulate an eclipse using differently sized balls at different distances. Extensions include why there is not an eclipse every month and lunar eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version (184KB) and PDF Version (90KB).

1 to 7

AT02

Calculate relative sizes and make a model of the Sun, Earth and Moon to demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version (144MB) and PDF Version (94KB).

4 to 12

AT03

Use the mathematics of similar triangles to investigate the relative apparent sizes of the Sun and the Moon and investigate eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version (390KB) and PDF version (92KB).

7 to 12

AT04

A tutorial on astronomical simulation software to investigate celestial objects and astronomical phenomena. This activity should be undertaken before AT05 AT07 and AT21. MS Word (.doc) version (595KB) and PDF version (144KB).

3 to 12

AT05

Use simulation software to investigate partial and total lunar eclipses. AT04 should be completed before doing the Stellarium part. MS Word (.doc) version (166KB) and PDF version (98KB).

3 to 12

AT06

Learn eclipse terminology using crossword puzzles. Separate exercises for years 3 - 6; years 7 - 10 and years 11 - 12.  MS Word (.doc) version (266KB) and PDF version (141KB).

3 to 12

AT07

Use Stellarium planetarium software to show the eclipse in simulated time, noting the effects and eclipse contacts. Use locations inside and outside the shadow path to see the difference. See what stars and planets may be visible during totality. Activity AT04 (Stellarium tutorial) should be completed before doing this activity. MS Word (.doc) version (366KB) and PDF version (124KB).

3 to 12

AT08

Use websites to find the accurate timing and other circumstances for the eclipse for any location – for the total eclipse from the path of totality or a partial eclipse from any other location. MS Word (.doc) version (546KB)

5 to 12

AT09

Use the NASA website to find out when was the last total solar eclipse at the location of your town and when the next one will be. Find out the path of future eclipses anywhere in the world that you might be able to travel to.

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5 to 12

AT10

Instruction for how to make various types of pinhole projectors (from very simple to more complex) for indirect viewing of an eclipse. MS Word (.doc) version (253KB) and PDF version (183KB).

4 to 8

AT11

Instruction for how to set up binoculars or a telescope for indirect viewing of the Sun or an eclipse. MS Word (.doc) version (370KB) and PDF version (160KB).

3 to 12

AT12

Observe and record the timing and various phenomena of a partial solar eclipse (from any location in Queensland) and compare observations with predictions. MS Word (.doc) version (776KB)

3 to 12

AT13

Observe the various phenomena of a total solar eclipse (from the path of totality).

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4 to 8

AT14

Contact your local astronomical society and arrange a night sky viewing.

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F to 10

AT15

Advice on how to photograph a solar eclipse.

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5 to 12

AT16

Observe and record sunspots. Use sunspots to determine the rotation period of the Sun. Extend this to calculate rotation periods at varying latitudes.

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3 to 7

AT17

Instructions on how to construct a sundial.

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F to 7

AT18

Investigate Spectroscopy. Using the CLEA website to investigate the spectrum and infer the classification of different types of stars. MS Word (.doc) version (321KB) and PDF version (77KB).

10 to 12

AT19

Investigate phases of the Moon.

 

 

F to 7

AT20

Observe the features on the Moon with binoculars or a telescope.

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F to 10

AT21

Simulate the Annular eclipse of 10 May 2013 using Stellarium planetarium software for a location in the path of annularity. Compare the eclipse in the path with the eclipse at varying distances from the path. Investigate what the partial eclipse will look like from your location. MS Word (.doc) version (196KB) and PDF version (124KB).

  

5 to 12

 

There are also additional activities not listed here for example activities based on the Transit of Venus.

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