Welcome to the Procrastinator’s Guide to Homeschooling the Solar Eclipse. Whether you are in the totality or participating from your living room, this post is for those of us who have waited until now to officially get ready. The Solar Eclipse of 2017 is on Monday and it’s the perfect opportunity to homeschool about eclipses. Below is a small list of resources to help you throw together your eclipse day quickly. If the resource is a rabbit trail type of resource (lots to explore, but now is not the time), look for the words QUICK TIP.
- Looking for a short and sweet explanation of solar eclipses that includes an animation of a solar eclipse? Check out PBS LearningMedia’s Total Solar Eclipse Animation. This is appropriate for all ages, though some of it may be too advanced for the younger audiences. This clip is about one minute long.
- If you are looking for something more in depth, check out Eclipses: Crash Course Astronomy. It is perfect for most ages, but is probably more interesting for grades 5th and up. This video is about ten minutes long and is about both lunar and solar eclipses. This is a great introduction to eclipses if your kids don’t know much about them or for kids that could use a refresher about eclipses.
LESSON PLANS and ACTIVITIES
- NASA continues to put out rock start quality resources. This NASA Eclipse link will take you to the main page for the 2017 Eclipse. This site is full of fantastic resources. If you have time, be sure to explore more than just the Education tab. QUICK TIP: Go to Education tab and click on Homeschool. Here you will find links to lesson plans, activities, and a link to an app.
- If you are looking for an art activity, check out Books and Giggle’s post for a Solar Eclipse Craft.
- You can purchase Solar Eclipse Mad Libs over at Teachers Pay Teachers. Please be aware, this is for just one mad lib story, but you can print multiple copies so children can fill them out with different word choices. If you are the quick-creative type of person, you could certainly create your own.
VIEWING TIPS (whether you are heading out or staying in)
- Heading outside for the eclipse? Let’s talk safety first. Don’t skip this step, folks. Read NASA’s Safety for the Solar Eclipse. No NASA approved solar eclipse glasses? No problem. Here are links to written instructions and video guide to making a homemade pinhole viewer out of a cereal box.
- Staying in for the eclipse? No worries, NASA’s got you covered. Check out this link to find out how to see live eclipse coverage on apps or social media.
- The Smithsonian Eclipse app is available in the App Store and Google Play. As well as many other features, this app will stream eclipse footage.
- Eclipse Safari is available in the App Store and Google Play. This app will also have live streaming of the eclipse.