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Universe in the Classroom

Welcome to the Universe in the Classroom! This electronic educational newsletter is for teachers and other educators around the world who want to help students of all ages learn more about the wonders of the universe through astronomy.

You can read the current issue, subscribe to receive updates and browse our archives. You can also learn more about the Universe in the Classroom and find out about how you can help by writing an article, translating the newsletter or making a donation.

Current Issue: Fall 2016

Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse!
An NGSS Storyline Approach to Classroom Instruction

by Brian Kruse (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)

Science instruction is increasingly emphasizing student reasoning about, and explaining phenomena.  One of the most spectacular of all natural phenomena is a total solar eclipse.  The upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 provides a teachable moment for virtually every learner in North America from coast to coast.  Even those not on the path of totality will have the opportunity to see a deep partial eclipse of the sun.

In this edition of The Universe in the Classroom, learn about a storyline approach to teaching about eclipses, including investigations into lunar phases, the size and scale of the Earth-Moon system, why eclipses happen, and the pattern and frequency of their occurrence.

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