The total solar eclipse this August will be here before we know it! Have some fun and teach ELA standards at the same time as you and your students prepare for this spectacular event. This resource has enough activities to use daily for a week before the event, or you can pick and choose the ones you want! You could also use the different activities in learning stations or centers. The following is included:
1. An informational article about solar eclipses. The article includes three activities so that students can synthesize, summarize, and evaluate the information and text features.
2. A super fun activity to analyze the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. In ELA, vocabulary and word usage is so important. With this activity, students will analyze the word “eclipse” and discuss how it’s used in the popular 1980’s song. They will love this activity and will have the song on their playlists by the end of the day!
3. Black out poetry! In honor of the day of the eclipse, what better type of poetry to create than black out poetry? Students will really get into this activity. Step by step directions with pictures are included in this resource along with completed pictures of student poems.
4. Acrostic poem – This poem should be easy and fun to create, especially after reading the included informational article.
5. "Summer Sun" Poem with questions – This poem beautifully uses personification to paint a picture of the sun’s awesome presence in our world. After reading the poem, students will answer questions, which will require them to analyze the text and the poet’s writing style.
6. Myth Writing Activity – Many myths exist to explain why solar eclipses occur. Our resource includes some of the ideas behind eclipse myths around the world. We also include a handout to help guide students in writing their own.
Make sure you're ready for the eclipse! You and your students will have a blast with the activities included in this packet!