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Solar Eclipse Unit

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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56 pages
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Study solar eclipses with this unit full of exciting activities, research guides, writing prompts, adorable crafts, EDITABLE viewer instructions, EDITABLE class books, party ideas, and so much more! This resource was designed for 3rd - 6th graders to celebrate and study Solar Eclipses. This is the perfect resource for a variety of grade levels!

***THIS is an updated version as requested by my followers for 3rd - 6th graders.

To see a FREE video of the resource for YOUNGER GRADES that explains some of the activities also included in this product, plus additional ideas, go here!

(Note - Video was created before the 2017 Great American Eclipse. Product has been fully updated to use with any solar eclipse project.)

Solar Eclipse Product Explanation & Ideas

I designed this resource with 3rd - 6th grade in mind - to see my resource for younger grades, go here:

Solar Eclipse Unit - PreK - 2nd Grade

In this resource you will find the following:

  • Word Wall Cards to guide discussion
  • Color version of class book - EDITABLE (to add your name)
  • Starter prompts for "Create Your Own" class book
  • Research Guide Sheets - Students will conduct research about an upcoming eclipse to fill in the blanks and come up with additional information
  • Reading Passage and Opinion Writing Prompt
  • Little Moon Activity (A fun way to demonstrate the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth and to help students understand how the eclipse works.)
  • Solar Eclipse Craft (Color and Black & White versions)
  • Tube Viewer Detailed Instructions
  • Simple Viewer Instructions
  • Party Ideas
  • 3 EDITABLE versions of a letter to parents
  • Writing Paper (Prompts to use before & after the eclipse)
  • Classroom Photos

I've included samples of each writing assignment that you are able to display for students as needed. (Zero prep for you!) I've also included color and printer friendly black & white versions of the activities.

I hope you enjoy these products and are able to experience and truly celebrate this awesome event! Please take time to leave feedback! I would love to hear if this resource helped you!

Please visit my blog where I discuss the 2017 eclipse.

(Note - Product has been fully updated to use with any solar eclipse unit.)

Pencils to Pigtails Blog - The Great American Solar Eclipse

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Total Pages
56 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.


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