Day 1: Monday, August 14 - Eclipse Overview, Introduction, and Vocabulary

    Students will receive a handout to take home about the eclipse in Ocala.

    Students will then watch The Night Sky – America’s Total Solar Eclipse and answer questions on a handout that go along with the video.

    If you find yourself with extra time, you may also show them Eclipses: Crash Course Astronomy #5 as a wrap-up/recall, or review key words that connect to the handout.


    Day 2: Tuesday, August 15 - Reading Comprehension and Writing

    Students will read a handout entitled “Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology.” On the back of that passage are 8 comprehension questions, and 1 writing prompt to write a poem about who you would feel if you were experiencing an eclipse in the past and did not know the science behind them.


    Day 3: Wednesday, August 16 - Math Skills

    Students will work on reading a table full of solar eclipse data and answering questions about the data within (including subtraction, mode, range, and calculating years between eclipses)


    Day 4: Thursday, August 17 - Science – Lunar Phases

    Students will watch “Lunar Phases: Crash Course Astronomy #4,” and answer questions that go along with the video. They will also draw the moon phases on that handout. Finally, they will work on a project that has them cut out the phases of the moon and glue them in orbit around the Earth in the correct order.


    Day 5: Friday, August 18 - Create Day! Making a Shoebox Solar Viewer

    Students will create a Shoebox Solar Viewer in which to view the eclipse on Monday. Video “Safely See The Sun – Building a Shoebox Pinhole Camera.” Students will be asked to bring in their own shoebox. Teachers will need to provide 1 roll of aluminum foil, tape, white paper/index cards, a few push pins, and bring in a box cutter or sharp scissors to cut the holes. Once students finish their viewer, they are free to draw or write on their viewer and make it their own.


    Day 6 – Monday, August 21 – ECLIPSE DAY! Eclipse begins at 1:16pm, maximum at 2:48pm, completes at 4:12pm!

    Utilize this time to assist students complete their viewers if they have not, and to go over solar eclipse viewing safety again. Show students the Time and Date website listed below, which has a great animatic on what the eclipse will look like here. You may also want to review some of the material from the week’s activites.


    *All videos are available on YouTube


    Websites you might want to check out:




    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map - here you can type in zip codes to see what those cities will see (great fun for students that have family members in other states!)

    www.greatamericaneclipse.com – detailed maps of every state in the path of totality.