1. explain how a solar eclipse occurs.
2. predict the type and time of the solar eclipse happening in THEIR town on August 21, 2017.
3. create a souvenir to take home, and a ticket out the door for accountability.
1. Students will be given a handout and will create a solar eclipse pyramid. The pyramid contains information about a partial solar eclipse, total solar eclipse, path of totality, umbra, penumbra, and alignment of sun, moon and Earth.
2. Using a tech device (computer, iPad, etc), students manipulate a Google/Berkley computer simulation from a web address found on their handout. Once at the simulation site they gather information about the type and times of eclipse that will occur in their town (partial/total). They also research and determine a city in the "path of totality". They record their information. As class ends, the lower part of their handout is submitted for accountability, and as a "Ticket Out the Door".
This pyramid activity makes for a great introduction to the August 21, 2017 eclipse. It can be a stand alone lesson or part of a teacher generated lesson with additional discussions about eye safety or investigation of the umbra/penumbra locations on August 21.
If you choose to have students use the simulation site to extend the lesson have students investigate other cities of friends, grandparents or sport teams. They can share their findings with the class in a chart with location and times. Be sure to have them record their work from east to west so you can discuss the moon's orbit!
Perhaps you are a teacher who likes students to decorate their work, have them use glitter, or stickers or markers to make their pyramids unique. Please share them in the comments (if you get a chance). Thank you.