Hello Teacher Friends! The back-to-school countdown has started…this time next month I will have started another year of teaching. Aside from the usual excitement over the start of a new school year, we have an added special event to our calendar where I live/teach. The Great American Eclipse happens on Monday, August 21. If you are “in the path” as they say, you can witness a total solar eclipse. My small community where I work is a prime viewing location. We have been told to expect 30,000 – 40,000 people in the county that day! What?! Also, we should do our grocery shopping just like we would if an ice storm were predicted. Crazy!! The best part? It will only be the FOURTH day of school. Can you say, “Glad I don’t teach kindergarten?” Check out the Great American Eclipse website for more information. Here’s a quick post of ideas you might want to incorporate into your schedule on that day…
Solar Eclipse Journal
The majority of our day will be spent doing various activities in our Solar Eclipse Journal. It’s easy to make – just print out the pages double-sided and run them through the copier that way. Fold and staple. Done. Students can record their observations before, during, and after the eclipse in their journals. There’s also space for them to write details about themselves and what they did on “the day” so they have a keepsake for years to come.
Videos About the Eclipse
I like to use a variety of resources and activities to teach a lesson – that way I’m accessing as many learning styles as possible. I definitely plan to show a short video (3:47) as a quick overview of what we will be experiencing on August 21.
Want more? Just go to YouTube and type “solar eclipse 2017 for kids” in the search bar. Most of them are short, but don’t forget the phrase “for kids!” Otherwise, you might be watching some weird videos about prophecy and the end of the world! #nothanks
Edible Model of the Sun
What special day would be complete without a food project? We’re going to make an edible model of the sun using plain sugar cookies, white icing, chocolate chips, and red licorice. I got this idea from NASA so here’s a link to all the details you need to do this with your own kiddos – Edible Model of the Sun.
Viewing the Solar Eclipse
The highlight of our day (weather permitting, of course) will be when we assemble outside to view the eclipse around 1:18 CDT. Everyone will be wearing our special viewing glasses to protect our eyesight, and you better believe that I will be stressing safety when we’re outside! I’m hoping it’s a fun event, and that the kids learn a lot from it. After all, there’s another right around the corner in 2024! LOL!
Click on the link below if you would like to download my FREE solar eclipse journal to use with your own students. Happy Teaching!