Solar Eclipse -- School-age

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon (new phase when dark portion of the moon faces the Earth) moves in front of the sun. The Earth, moon and sun, must line up in a straight line for a solar eclipse to happen, solar eclipes are very rare.

Create A Solar Eclipse
Need: straw, quarter, friut (apple or orange), flashlight Cut a slit in the top of the straw and inster the coin. Hold the straw in one hand and the apple in your other hand. Postion the objects in a straight line about eight inches apart. Ask someone to shine the flashlight from behind the quarter. The shadow of the the coin (moon) casts on the apple (Earth)

Creating Eclipses in the Classroom

Solar Eclipse Moon Sun Earth


Solar Eclipses

"Solar eclipses are spectacular astronomical events where the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. Find out all there is to know about solar eclipses and how to view them safely by making your very own Sun viewer."

Safe Viewing

Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse, even a partial solar eclipse, will damage your eyes.

3 different type of viewers to make: shipping box, pinhole projector from NASA, soda box.


Solar Eclipse
Draw a diagram to illustrate a solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse K-1 Wordsearch at TPT free

Total Solar Eclipse Teachers’ Toolkit - Louisianan Teaches the Eclipse
Lesson plans for Pre-K-5 educators and more.

Recommended Book

The upcoming solar eclipse is catching children's attention and creating excitment about science. While waiting for the solar eclipse the book Solar Eclipse 2017 is a perfect companion for children with viewing guides, maps, loads of informaion, games, coloring pages, and activity pages to engage children in this highly anticipated event.


What is a Solar Eclipse? Understanding Solar Eclipse: Astronomy and Space for Kids - FreeSchool

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