This click and go resource stores holds everything you’ll need for the 2017 solar eclipse! Seven activities, eight information sheets, links to solar eclipse resource pages, eye safety suggestions, and links to five short videos are stored in one handy website. Just click the solar eclipse teaching resource you need and go!
Solar Eclipse Activities:
Kids will love these solar eclipse crafts, art projects, and demonstrations!
• Pinhole Camera – A two-minute video shows you how to make a pinhole camera for viewing the sun safely during a solar eclipse – or anytime.
• Moon Phases Craft – Kids build a movable model of the Moon, Earth, and Sun. All you need is the template (provided), paper plates, and some metal fasteners. Your students will be able to manipulate the system to show phases of the moon, as well as solar and lunar eclipses.
• Moon Phases Demonstration – A four-minute video shows how to use a light, a Styrofoam ball, a pencil, and your head to demonstrate phases of the moon. You can take it one step farther. Keep the ball in line with your head to demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses.
• Relative Sizes and Distances Demonstration – Directions for creating a scale model of the Moon, Earth, and Sun are provided. (Scale is about 1:6,000,000,000.)
• Fun Sun Project – Use shaving cream and some food coloring to whip up this colorful art project.
• Predict the Corona Art Project – A link to the NASA site prompts kids to draw what they think the 2017 corona will look like – and share it with them!
• Sun Shadows – Explore movement of the Sun each day with this fun activity. All you need is a piece of chalk and a sunny day.
Solar Eclipse Information Sheets:
Eight one-page information sheets were created especially for this module. You can use them as background information for the teacher – or for better readers in fourth grade and up.
• Lunar Eclipse
• Moon Phases
• Relative Positions
• Relative Sizes
• Solar Eclipse
• Solar Eclipse Vocabulary
• The Moon
• The Sun
Solar Eclipse Links:
The NASA website is deep and wide. I’ve gathered eight of my favorite NASA links with information pertaining to the solar eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Safety:
A video and an article explain eye safety during a solar eclipse.
Five short, kid-friendly videos support learning about solar and lunar eclipses, the Sun, the Moon, and how to make a pinhole camera. All videos have been saved using Safeshare.tv; therefore, no advertisements will be displayed.
You can use these solar eclipse resources before and after the big eclipse on August 21, 2017.
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