You guys! I am so excited! In just over a month, on Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse. The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 has been dubbed the “Great American Eclipse” because it will be visible in totality within a band across the ENTIRE contiguous United States. My Mom and Dad’s house is in that band of totality!! I am almost giddy with anticipation. I thought I’d share with you how we’re going to view and use this incredible phenomena in our homeschool, and share the Solar Eclipse Printable Worksheets we’ll be using.
How to Enjoy the Total Solar Eclipse 2017
We have our Solar Eclipse Glasses ready. The NASA website stresses that with the exception of the moments of totality, when the moon FULLY covers the sun, protective glasses or solar viewers are absolutely necessary for safe eclipse viewing. Regular sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes and could actually cause permanent damage.
NASA recommends only using eclipse glasses that received certification for meeting the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. American Paper Optics, the maker of these glasses, is one of the few listed on the NASA site.
Learn About Eclipses
We’ll be reading When the Sun Goes Dark several times before the eclipse, to prepare the kids for what to expect. It is written by Andrew Fraknoi, an award-winning science educator who is known for his skill in interpreting astronomical discoveries and ideas in everyday language. I’m not a member of NSTA, so I found my copy on Amazon,
Document the Eclipse
Because our kids are entering preschool, 3rd grade, and 5th grade, I wanted something that they could ALL do to document the eclipse.
This Solar Eclipse Printable Worksheets pack is just what we need! It has a coloring page – one is trace the letters for my preschooler and the other is fill in the blank for the older two. It also has a fun matching game, a word search that my 5th grader will love, and a notebooking page.
I absolutely cannot wait!
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