We, in Albany, Georgia, are not in the path of totality of the August 21st solar eclipse, but the sun will be 90% eclipsed here. Our school system has decided to extend the school day for students from 2:30 to 3:30 to avoid children being transported on buses during the eclipse. I wanted to get the students excited now!
I’ve adapted this lesson for the different grade levels and varying amounts of time I have with a class. I’ve now decided that all classes grades 1-5 will practice viewing the sun safely up until the day of the eclipse.
I started out with a fifth grade class on Monday and they used my Livebinder to access a online dictionary to look up the word eclipse and view a brief video from USA Today. They recorded one fact they learned from the video. I did this as a whole group activity (using the projector and screen) for the younger grades or if I didn’t have sufficient time with the older students.
One student made a cereal box eclipse viewer, which we then used to view the sun.
I’ve adapted this lesson through out the week and of course some days we couldn’t practice because it got cloudy! But hopefully all the classes will have the opportunity to practice with the eclipse glasses (which they will all have on the 21st), a cereal box viewer, and binocular viewing before eclipse day.
Almost every time they see the sun through the glasses, they say “Wow,” “Cool,” or “Whoa!” (By the way the boys not using the glasses are swatting away gnats….it’s a south Georgia phenomenon).
We experimented to see if you could take a photo of the projection of the sun inside the cereal box viewer and you can! We’ll be ready to record the different shapes of the sun as it makes it way to 90% of being obscured.The binocular projection method is trickier, but they all loved it when we were successfully in projecting the sun on the paper.
I can’t wait!