The solar eclipse 2017 time is quickly approaching on August 21st. And, this is a great opportunity to incorporate the eclipse into your homeschooling studies (even if you aren’t in the full viewing path)!
According to The Washington Post, the eclipse will move across the map “along a 3,000-mile path from Oregon’s Pacific coast to the eastern shore of South Carolina.”
What Is the Definition of Eclipse?
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NASA says that an eclipse “takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun.” The upcoming 2017 eclipse is a total solar eclipse.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the sun. In this type of eclipse, the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks out all of the sun when viewing from the earth.
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According to NASA, everyone in North America and parts of South America, Europe, and Africa will be able to see the eclipse! Even if you’re not in the direct path of the total eclipse, these areas will still experience a partial eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun.
Homeschool Solar Eclipse Ideas
So, this is super cool: NASA actually has an entire HOMESCHOOL ACTIVITY SECTION that includes family activities, solar eclipse party ideas, lessons and activities, printables, art projects, and educator guides! Don’t miss it!
If you’re looking for more great homeschool ideas and activities for the solar eclipse, check these out!
Solar Eclipse Curriculum
APlus Homeschool has a free printable homeschool math lesson and a mini unit activity on the solar eclipse.
DIY Eclipse Shirt
KC Parent has an awesome (and easy!) do it yourself eclipse shirt craft. And, it makes a really cool shirt that you can wear on the day of the eclipse. This would be a great group project for an eclipse party. Just have everyone bring a black t-shirt and you can provide the fabric paint!
Solar Eclipse Craft Project
eHow Arts and Crafts has a solar eclipse craft project video that demonstrates how the eclipse works. It says for kindergarten age, but I think it looks cool for all ages!
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Eclipse Viewer Project
Also, NASA has a 2D/3D pinhole projector project that looks pretty cool!
Free Solar Eclipse E-Book
Apologia Ministries has a free Solar Eclipse E-Book that you can download. The book includes eclipse details and maps, activities, safe viewing instructions, and links to references and resources.
Solar Eclipse Books for Kids
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