Before the Movie



Have you ever seen an eclipse? If yes, describe what it was like.

What do you hope to learn about eclipses?


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 0:51: What causes a solar eclipse? What causes a lunar eclipse?

Timecode 2:32: What’s the difference between partial and total eclipses?

Timecode 2:55: Why is it dangerous to look directly at an eclipse? What could happen?


After the Movie


Describe what a total eclipse of the sun looks like. Describe a partial eclipse.   


Look at the four related movies below the movie player. Explain how each is connected to the eclipse topic. 


BrainPOP recommends reading  the movie description that appears on the Eclipse Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing.  Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.

*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.