Eclipse Library Lesson – April 2024 Eclipse – Solar and Lunar Eclipses


The April 2024 Eclipse is expected to be a huge event! This Eclipse Library Lesson will ensure your students understand the differences between solar and lunar eclipses and why the April 2024 event is such a big deal for North America.

This Eclipse Library Lesson includes all my usual Elementary Library Lesson elements: a whole-class discussion, a scrolling slideshow, two differentiated scavenger hunts, standards-aligned lesson plans, and a printable recommended reads list for parents and teachers.

Plus, I’ve got a new addition – a take-home Eclipse Library Lesson at-home extension activity!

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  • Recommended for: Grades 2-5
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 elementary classroom or library lessons (about 50-60 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT or Google Slides; PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement an optional read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 60-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • List of 31 sun and moon-themed recommended reads (1 page PPT and PDF, editable — great to send home to parents or give to teachers)
  • 2 differentiated Scavenger Hunt activities (2 pages, edit in PPT or PDF)
  • 2-page take-home extension activities (edit in PPT, PDF, or Google Slides)
  • Prep, set up, tips (7 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (5 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Instructions on how to set up scrolling slideshow timings in PPT and Google Slides


Part I is a whole-class discussion and read-aloud. The slides will walk you through the discussion from start to finish.

Remember that the read-aloud must come from you. I am not able to include a read-aloud due to copyright restrictions on published books.

  • original eclipse haiku poem
  • how to sign “sun” and”moon” in American Sign Language
  • Sun or Moon? whole-group game – Students determine if a statement describes the sun or the moon (5 questions with answers)
  • Storytime slide – add the cover of your read-aloud to introduce it to students
  • Reminders for checkout (you can fill in your own reminders)
  • “What should we do now?” slide (this is three things your students should do after checkout – edit to add your own directions for students)


Part II is a scrolling slideshow (slide timer instructions included). As students checkout, they can work on one of the two differentiated scavenger hunt activities that go with the slideshow.

  • two mystery animals with photos and clues – sun bear and moon jellyfish
  • fun facts about the mystery animals
  • diagrams of solar and lunar eclipses
  • diamond ring effect
  • eclipse safety and potential for eye damage
  • how to make a pinhold projector
  • path of totality
  • totality duration
  • partial eclipses
  • April 8, 2024 eclipse and why it’s such a big deal
  • past and future eclipses
  • average and record numbers of eclipses in a year
  • trivia questions + answers
  • sun idiom – “everything under the sun”
  • moon idiom – “over the moon”
  • 2 would-you-rathers


Part III is a newer addition to my Library Lessons. This is a section of review questions. They are open-ended questions that make great time-fillers or help control potential chaos that sometimes happens at line-up or while waiting for teachers to pick up students from Specials.

This part includes 6 editable review questions. All the questions are answered in the presentation, but students can also make up additional answers for some questions.


  • differentiated (one is images-only; one is images + text)
  • 2 pages, PDF
  • Scavenger Hunt #1 is an images-only hunt. Students can complete this scavenger hunt without reading the text on the slides.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes both images and text. This one is for the students who are able to read the Part II slideshow. This scavenger hunt includes images and questions about the information in the slideshow.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes answer key


  • picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and novels (all are recommended for Grades 2-5).
  • all books have a sun, moon, or eclipse theme
  • total of 31 titles
  • includes 2 small, black and white images from the presentation
  • titles are editable, so you can customize the titles for your classroom or library
  • All titles were hand-selected by a veteran school librarian for quality, diversity, positive reviews, and currency.
  • Nearly every book on the list received at least two positive reviews on Titlewave. Many also received starred reviews.


I am so excited about this new addition to my Library Lessons! Students love sharing their knowledge, so with this 2-page Eclipse Library Lesson take-home extension, they can:

  • quiz siblings, friends, and family members about some of the eclipse facts they learned in the library lesson
  • prepare their own eclipse snack packs
  • read some recommended sun or moon-themed picture books
  • review four eclipse vocabulary words from the lesson
  • learn to draw a cute sunshine using simple, step-by-step directions
  • remember how to sign “sun” in American Sign Language
  • how to make a pinhole projector to view the eclipse
  • 2 pages, text is editable in PPT, Google Slides, or PDF


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