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ERIC Number: EJ886075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Creating Eclipses: Using Scale Models to Explore How Eclipses Happen
Guy, Mark; Young, Timothy
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v47 n3 p75-82 2010
The importance of using proportional scaled models in teaching about eclipses to elementary- and middle-level students is presented in this article. The authors illustrate how using creative models to display the basic concepts of shadows, scale, and perspective can foster a deeper understanding of how eclipses occur. Three innovative, easy-to-construct, scaled models are described as effective tools to enhance students' understanding of eclipses. The models include space perspective on cast shadows, Earth perspective on solar eclipses, and the Moon's orbital plane around Earth. (Contains 14 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A