Unless you actually live on the moon, you have heard that tomorrow, Monday, August 21, 2017, we will have a total eclipse of the sun! Now this is a sort of a big deal. No, this is epic! It’s bigger than a big deal. The last time America witnessed a solar eclipse was in 1991. My kids and I are “uber” excited because we love science and all things literacy. Yeah, literacy, we have told eclipse car stories and today we watched the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” well, because it is a about a man-eating plant from outer space that appeared during a solar eclipse.
Fortunately, both of my sons’ schools (middle and high) are taking this opportunity tomorrow to allow the students to witness this epic event and observe the eclipse. Kudos to Atlanta Public Schools for providing the students with protective sunglasses and being bold enough to see this as a teaching and learning moment. Nonetheless, I have heard that some schools are being more cautious and therefore will not seize the day as a learning opportunity. Some schools have opted to stay inside or release students early.
If you are wondering what to do, here are some super cool solar eclipse resources.
- Instructions for Building a Sun Funnel
- Infographic: Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide
- NASA Eclipse Activities
What will you do during the solar eclipse? Let us know in the comments box below.