Total solar eclipses aren’t too rare, in principle. As Vox notes in this video, they happen around once every 18 months. But they don’t land in the U.S. very often. The last time you could see one in the continental states was 1979!

This year, you can be anywhere in the continental U.S. and see at least 60% of the eclipse.

Early this month, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network shared a full packet of materials about the eclipse, and it’s too good not to pass along. TSIN is helping schools as well. They’ve already given out 5,000 pairs of solar eclipse glasses and received requests from more than 30,000.

Take a look at the materials below. In the comments, we’d love to hear about what your network or school will do to take advantage of this awesome stellar opportunity.

One cool example: South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science will pause their STEM Festival for an event they’re calling “Total Eclipse of the Park.”

TSIN Eclipse Resources
Originally posted here.
Tips and tricks for viewing a total solar eclipse with TSIN’s own Billy Hix.  Visit our youtube channel to view all 3 Solar Eclipse Videos!

View the second and third videos in the series on the TSIN youtube channel!

Project-Based Learning Unit

Download this Eclipse PBL Unit for grades 6-12 that has student teams create and present their total solar eclipse findings.

Elementary Resources:

Celebrate the Great American Eclipse with Prescott South Elementary School teachers!  PSES teacher teams have developed lesson plans, compiled videos, free downloads, and online activities that they want to share with K-4 teachers that are looking for resources.  Share this valuable resources page with others!

The NSTA Press offers an excerpt from When the Sun Goes Dark, by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, that provides a thought-provoking story between family members that gives a detailed explanation into how eclipses have a cyclic nature and why new eclipses are always on a different part of the Earth when they happen.

Middle and High School Resources:

The Lunar and Planetary Institute offers an in-depth teacher’s guide to solar eclipses that includes:

  • Solar eclipse safety
  • Moon phases and eclipses
  • Measuring angular size and distance
  • Ancient eclipses and the length of day
  • And much more!

The Sun, the Moon, and Us–in this hour-long video lecture, Scott McIntosh, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s High-Altitude Observatory, shares his expertise and excitement about the Great American Solar Eclipse.  He discusses the Sun and its layers, why we study the Sun, and what we can learn from it—as well as how a total solar eclipse occurs and how viewers can participate in the Eclipse Megamovie 2017.  While the lecture was recorded for an adult audience, the content is suitable for students ages 12 and up and for astronomy fans of all ages.

2 thoughts on “Teaching resources for the eclipse”

  1. Lisa Johnston says:

    I teach high school biology and am looking at a lesson plan discussing not only the mechanisms involved during a solar eclipse, but the affect of the eclipse on living things. If there are any glasses left, I would love to use them at my school. Thank you,

    1. Rob Evans says:

      Hi Ms. Johnston, we don’t have any glasses here at STEMx, but hopefully someone from Oklahoma will see this and help out! – Rob at Battelle

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