Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Solar Eclipse Lesson for 8/21/2017 - Section 3: Proposed Activities


A once in a life time event is occurring on August 21, 2017. The next total solar eclipse to reach North America isn't predicted until August 23, 2044 and that one will only be observable in Montana and North Dakota. I would strongly encourage every teacher to take full advantage of this opportunity and make it a cornerstone lesson for their year.

I would recommend 1) that you increase your daily discussions about eclipses and what they mean to astronomers, 2) teaching your students the geometry of an eclipse, and finally, 3) going outside to observe the solar eclipse in 2017. 

Some of the proposed activities for this lesson will not be completed until the actual event in 2017, i.e. pinhole projectors. Although pinhole projectors are a fabulously cheap way for an entire class to view a solar eclipse, building one and viewing the Sun without an eclipse simply places a dot of sunlight onto a paper plate - not too exciting for students.

  Activities for a once in a life time observation
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Activities for a once in a life time observation
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Solar Eclipse Lesson for 8/21/2017

Unit 11: Solar System
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to observe a solar eclipse in the United States on August 21, 2017

Big Idea: Get ready for August 21, 2017 - solar eclipse will be observed in the US.

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