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ACTIVITY 06 - Solar Eclipse Crosswords
Year Level: Years 3 to 12 (typically 8 to 18 years of age).
Background: A number of words will be used in the class that have various
meanings for different aspects of eclipses. A variety of crosswords have been
developed to allow students from the school years 3 – 6, 7 – 10 and 11 to 12 to learn
these terms using the aptly named ECLIPSE crossword program. Alternatively, there
are words and their meanings if you want to make up your own version. The link is
http://www.eclipsecrossword.com/download.html. It is a FREE program.
Aim: To discover the meaning of key words associated with understanding of both
solar and lunar eclipses.
References:
 Section 2 and 3 of the AAQ/STAQ teacher booklet.
 PowerPoint presentations PP02 and PP03
Safe Observing Message:
When discussing a solar eclipse students should be reminded that it is not safe to
look directly at the Sun at any time and that safe viewing methods must be used to
observe a solar eclipse.
Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Science strands on focus areas.
Content descriptors: Year 3, 5, 7 and 10
Science Understanding
Science as
Endeavour
a
Human Science Inquiry Skills
Yr 3
Yr 3, 5 7 and 10
Yr 3
Earth’s rotation on its axis causes
regular changes, including night and
day (ACSSU048)
N/A
Represent and communicate ideas
and findings in a variety of ways such
as
diagrams,
physical
representations and simple reports
(ACSIS060)
Yr 5
Yr 5
The Earth is part of a system of
planets orbiting around a star (the
Sun) (ACSSU078)
Communicate ideas, explanations
and processes in a variety of ways,
including
multi-modal
texts
(ACSIS093)
Yr 7
Yr 7
Predictable phenomena on Earth,
including seasons and eclipses, are
caused by the relative positions of
the Sun, Earth and the Moon
(ACSSU115)
Communicate ideas, findings and
solutions to problems using scientific
language and representations using
digital technologies as appropriate
(ACSIS133)
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Yr 10
Yr 10
The universe contains features
including galaxies, stars and solar
systems and the Big Bang theory can
be used to explain the origin the
universe (ACSSU188)
Communicate scientific ideas and
information for a particular purpose,
including constructing evidencebased
arguments
and
using
appropriate
scientific
language,
conventions and representations
(ACSIS208)
Copyright:
This document has been produced by members of the Astronomical Association of
Queensland (AAQ) and the Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ). AAQ and
STAQ retain copyright of the document. The material in the document may be freely
reproduced provided that it is used for non-commercial purposes and the source is
acknowledged. Address any request for use of the material for commercial purposes to
[email protected]
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YEARS 3 TO 6
Instructions: Students are to use the clues and the words listed below in the table to
complete the crossword.
ECLIPSE
PHASE
MOON
SHADOW
DAY
GIBBOUS
ORBIT
SUNSPOTS
Across
3.
An object that orbits the Earth.
5.
When the Moon is more than half full, but less than completely full, this is known as a
G_ _ _ _ _ _ Moon.
6.
Dark spots on the Sun's surface.
8.
Amount of time it takes the Earth to spin once on its axis.
Down
1.
The passing of the Moon into the Earth’s shadow (Lunar _ _ _ _ P_ _) or of the Moon’s shadow
across the Earth (Solar _ _ _ _ _ _ _).
2.
The shape the Moon appears to be as seen from Earth.
4.
The path of one object in space around another object is known as the _ _ b _ _.
7.
A sh_ _ _ _ is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to an object being
in the way.
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YR 3 TO 6 SOLUTION
1
2
E
P
3
C
4
M O O N
L
R
H
A
5
I
G I
P
B B O U S
I
6
E
7
S U N S P O T
E
S
H
8
D A Y
D
O
W
EclipseCrossword.com
Across
3.
MOON—An object that orbits the Earth.
5.
GIBBOUS—When the Moon is more than half full, but less than completely full, this is known as
a G_ _ _ _ _ _ Moon.
6.
SUNSPOTS—Dark spots on the Sun's surface.
8.
DAY—Amount of time it takes the Earth to spin once on its axis.
Down
1.
ECLIPSE—The passing of the Moon into the Earth’s shadow (Lunar _ _ _ _ P_ _) or of the
Moon’s shadow across the Earth (Solar _ _ _ _ _ _ _).
2.
PHASE—The shape the Moon appears to be as seen from Earth.
4.
ORBIT—The path of one object in space around another object is known as the _ _ b _ _.
7.
SHADOW—A sh_ _ _ _ is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to an
object being in the way.
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YEARS 7 TO 10
Instructions: Students are to use the internet to research the following terms and complete
the crossword using the clues below.
CORONA
SOLAR
ORBIT
SHADOW
LUNAR
GIBBOUS
PENUMBRA
MOON
FIRST
CONTACT
SUNSPOTS
DAY
PHASE
SECOND
CONTACT
UMBRA
FOURTH
CONTACT
SUN
THIRD
CONTACT
ECLIPSE
Across
3.
The path of one object in space around another object.
5.
The larger shadow cast by the Moon during a solar eclipse.
6.
Amount of time it takes the Earth to spin once on its axis.
8.
The passing of the Moon into the Earth’s shadow (Lunar Eclipse) or of the Moon’s shadow
across the Earth (Solar Eclipse).
9.
The star at the centre of our Solar System.
10. The end of the total phase of a solar eclipse marked by the trailing edge of the Moon first
revealing the Sun.
12. The end of a solar eclipse when the disc of the Moon completely passes away from the disc of
the Sun.
13. The dark, smaller shadow cast by the Moon during a total solar eclipse.
14. The beginning of a solar eclipse when the edge of the Moon first passes across the disc of the
Sun.
16. Having to do with the Moon.
17. The faint, white light seen around the Sun during a solar eclipse.
Down
1.
Having to do with the Sun.
2.
When the Moon is more than half full, but less than completely full.
4.
Dark spots on the Sun's surface.
5.
The shape the Moon appears to be, as seen from Earth.
7.
The beginning of the total phase of a solar eclipse when the leading edge of the Moon first
completely obscures the Sun.
11. A space object that orbits the Earth.
15. An area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to an object being in the way.
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YEARS 7 TO 10
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
EclipseCrossword.com
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YR 7 TO 10 SOLUTION
1
2
S
G
O R B
I
L
B
3
T
4
S
5
P E N U M B R A
B
H
N
O
D A Y
S
S
P
E
O
C
T
O
6
R
7
S
U
8
E C L
I
P S E
9
S U N
D
10
T H
I
R D
C O N T A C T
C
11
M
O
12
F O U R T H
O
C O N T A C T
T
13
N
U M B R A
C
14
F
15
I
R S T
C O N T A C T
H
16
L U N A R
D
17
C O R O N A
W
EclipseCrossword.com
Across
3.
5.
6.
8.
9.
10.
12.
13.
14.
16.
17.
ORBIT—The path of one object in space around another object.
PENUMBRA—The larger shadow cast by the Moon during a solar eclipse.
DAY—Amount of time it takes the Earth to spin once on its axis.
ECLIPSE—The passing of the Moon into the Earth’s shadow (Lunar Eclipse) or of the Moon’s
shadow across the Earth (Solar Eclipse).
SUN—The star at the centre of our Solar System.
THIRD CONTACT—The end of the total phase of a solar eclipse marked by the trailing edge of
the Moon first revealing the Sun.
FOURTH CONTACT—The end of a solar eclipse when the disc of the Moon completely passes
away from the disc of the Sun.
UMBRA—The dark, smaller shadow cast by the Moon during a total solar eclipse.
FIRST CONTACT—The beginning of a solar eclipse when the edge of the Moon first passes
across the disc of the Sun.
LUNAR—Having to do with the Moon.
CORONA—The faint, white light seen around the Sun during a solar eclipse.
Down
1.
2.
4.
5.
7.
SOLAR—Having to do with the Sun.
GIBBOUS—When the Moon is more than half full, but less than completely full.
SUNSPOTS—Dark spots on the Sun's surface.
PHASE—The shape the Moon appears to be, as seen from Earth.
SECOND CONTACT—The beginning of the total phase of a solar eclipse when the leading edge
of the Moon first completely obscures the Sun.
11. MOON—A space object that orbits the Earth.
15. SHADOW—An area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to an object being in
the way.
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YEAR 11 TO 12
Instructions: Students are to use the internet to research the following terms and complete
the crossword using the clues below.
First contact
Fourth contact
Lunar eclipse
Partial eclipse
Path of totality
Penumbra
Prominence
Saros
Second contact
Shadow bands
Solar eclipse
Sunspot
Third contact
Total eclipse
Totality
Umbra
Across
4.
The end of the total phase of a solar eclipse marked by the trailing edge of the Moon first
revealing the Sun.
6. A complete shadow (as of the Moon) within which the source of light (the Sun) is totally hidden
from view.
7. The part of a shadow (as of the Moon) within which the source of the light (the Sun) is only
partially blocked.
9. The passage of the new Moon directly between the Sun and Earth when the Moon’s shadow is
cast upon the Earth.
13. Faint ripples of light sometimes seen on flat, light coloured surfaces just before and after totality.
15. The beginning of a solar eclipse when the edge of the Moon first passes across the disc of the
Sun.
16. The beginning of the total phase of a solar eclipse when the leading edge of the Moon first
completely obscures the Sun.
Down
1.
2.
3.
5.
8.
10.
11.
12.
14.
The passage of the Moon into the shadow of the Earth, always occurring at a full moon.
The path (up to about 270 km wide) that the Moon’s umbral shadow traces on the Earth during a
total solar eclipse.
An eclipse during which the umbra touches the Earth (for a solar eclipse) or completely engulfs
the Moon (for a lunar eclipse).
A magnetic disturbance on the Sun that appears as a dark blotch on it.
The end of a solar eclipse when the disc of the Moon completely passes away from the disc of
the Sun.
An eclipse during which only the penumbral shadow touches the Earth (for a solar eclipse) or the
Moon partially enters the Earth’s umbra (for a lunar eclipse).
The eclipse cycle with a period of 18 years and about 11 days.
The period during a solar eclipse when the Sun is completely blocked or the Moon is completely
immersed in the Earth’s shadow for a lunar eclipse.
A large-scale gaseous formation above the surface of the Sun.
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YEAR 11 TO 12
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
11
10
12
13
14
15
16
EclipseCrossword.com
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YR 10 TO 12 SOLUTION
1
2
L
3
P
T
4
U
A
T H
I
R D
C O N T A C T
5
N
T
U M B R A
S
H
6
T
7
N
P E N U M B R A
R
L
8
S
O
F
9
F
10
P
E
S O L A R
O
C
T
L
T
S
R
I
O
A
T
P
T
R
H
T
P
I
B A N D S
A
U
11
E C L
I
P S E
C
A
T
L
R
O
I
T
12
13
S H A D O W
C
L
P
E
L
I
S
O
I
E
L
R
T
N
T
E
O
Y
T
Y
C
14
M
A
L
15
F
I
R S T
N
C O N T A C T
T
I
P
E
S
N
E
16
S E C O N D
C O N T A C T
E
EclipseCrossword.com
Across
4.
THIRD CONTACT—The end of the total phase of a solar eclipse marked by the trailing edge of
the Moon first revealing the Sun.
6. UMBRA—A complete shadow (as of the Moon) within which the source of light (the Sun) is
totally hidden from view.
7. PENUMBRA—The part of a shadow (as of the Moon) within which the source of the light (the
Sun) is only partially blocked.
9. SOLAR ECLIPSE—The passage of the new Moon directly between the Sun and Earth when the
Moon’s shadow is cast upon the Earth.
13. SHADOW BANDS—Faint ripples of light sometimes seen on flat, light coloured surfaces just
before and after totality.
15. FIRST CONTACT—The beginning of a solar eclipse when the edge of the Moon first passes
across the disc of the Sun.
16. SECOND CONTACT—The beginning of the total phase of a solar eclipse when the leading edge
of the Moon first completely obscures the Sun.
Down
1.
2.
3.
5.
8.
10.
11.
12.
14.
LUNAR ECLIPSE—The passage of the Moon into the shadow of the Earth, always occurring at
a full moon.
PATH OF TOTALITY—The path (up to about 270 km wide) that the Moon’s umbral shadow
traces on the Earth during a total solar eclipse.
TOTAL ECLIPSE—An eclipse during which the umbra touches the Earth (for a solar eclipse) or
completely engulfs the Moon (for a lunar eclipse).
SUNSPOT—A magnetic disturbance on the Sun that appears as a dark blotch on it.
FOURTH CONTACT—The end of a solar eclipse when the disc of the Moon completely passes
away from the disc of the Sun.
PARTIAL ECLIPSE—An eclipse during which only the penumbral shadow touches the Earth (for
a solar eclipse) or the Moon partially enters the Earth’s umbra (for a lunar eclipse).
SAROS—The eclipse cycle with a period of 18 years and about 11 days.
TOTALITY—The period during a solar eclipse when the Sun is completely blocked or the Moon
is completely immersed in the Earth’s shadow for a lunar eclipse.
PROMINENCE—A large-scale gaseous formation above the surface of the Sun.
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A large number of eclipse words and their meanings can be found at the following
web site.
http://www.earthview.com/resources/glossary.htm
Extension : Using the above words create a poster that shows a diagram that
encompasses the words you have discovered the meanings of.
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