Total Solar Eclipse
Hello colleagues, The total solar eclipse, the first in 99 years in the US is right around the corner! I'm certain that many of you are already planning to focus on the August 21 total solar eclipse in your classrooms. I'm excited about digging into this topic in my class. The best site to locate resources is NASA's Total Solar Eclipse site. There you will find links to some wonderful instructional materials.
In my class, we will discuss the safety aspects, to be sure everyone understand the need to use special solar eclipse glasses when viewing the eclipse. There are many downloadables available at the NASA site, including eclipse state maps, eclipse fact sheets in English and Spanish, and a graphics only safety flyer. The safety glasses are available for free from many local libraries. I ordered enough safety glasses for both of the classes I'm teaching this summer.
If you are lucky enough to be in the "Path of Totality," you will see the moon entirely cover the sun, which is predicted to be amazing. However, many of us will still experience a pretty exciting event. At the Time and Date website, you can enter your location and receive details about what the eclipse will look like for your area.
I am looking forward to this rare event and the opportunity to focus on science literacy in my classroom.
Tell us about your plans.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP