By this time, most of you have marked August 21 as a red-letter day in your calendars. After almost a century, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire United States and people who are in the “path of totality” (70 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina) will witness dark skies in the middle of the day. The Great American Eclipse will be a sight to behold and a memory to cherish in your lifetime.
Besides witnessing this jaw-dropping astronomical event, the total solar eclipse is also a great opportunity for you to spark interest in Science and astronomy among your children. The sun, moon and earth will create a perfect hands-on learning experience and the entire sky as a setting for your Astronomy lessons!
Resources for Learning About the Solar Eclipse
Here are some resources to help you prepare the whole family for this spectacular celestial show :
Online Video Resources for Learning About the Solar Eclipse
Build up the excitement in your homes by watching these informative videos and interesting animation about the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
Visualization of the eclipse path in this animation from NationalEclipse.com
Bookmark this LIVESTREAM link to watch the total solar eclipse live on August 21!
Book Resources for Learning About the Solar Eclipse
Set up a tent outside your house or just lie down on your garden while reading books about space and the heavenly bodies under the clear night sky. Happy reading!
Books about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Here’s a really nice list from Eclipse2017.com.
9 Books for Kids Excited About the Total Solar Eclipse from Barnes and Noble.
Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing is a level 3 “Ready to Read” book. Amazon reviewers say it’s fun and informative for both kids and adults!
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons is a another great books for K-3. It’s received 65 five-star reviews on Amazon!
Hands-On Activity Resources for Learning About the Solar Eclipse
Nothing beats a hands-on learning activity to spark your children’s interests and satisfy their curious minds about the eclipse and other astronomical concepts.
How to Make Your Own Eclipse Shirt from KCParent.com
Make a Pinhole Projector courtesy of FromABCtoACTS.com
Printable Resources for Learning about the Solar Eclipse
After answering these solar eclipse exercises and puzzles with your children, cross out a date in your calendar and refresh your total solar eclipse countdown! Just a few more days to go!
Total Solar Eclipse Word Finder from Front Page Science
Solar Eclipse Addition Mystery from Twinkl.com
Free Solar Eclipse Kid’s Questionnaire and Coloring Page from Skip to my Lou
Lessons Plan Resources for Learning About the Solar Eclipse
Learn more about eclipse through these online educational resources. You may need loads of information about this celestial phenomenon to answer your children’s wildest and unexpected questions. It’s always good to be prepared, right?
Free online course on the eclipse from Coursera
Eclipses Across the Curriculum from Eclipse.aas.org
Educational Resources and Materials from Eclipse.aas.org
Wherever you are on August 21st, make sure to satisfy your children’s inquisitive minds and who knows, they might be NASA’s future astronauts! Exciting days ahead!
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