Teaching about the eclipse
While at the Astrological Society of the Pacific’s Annual Meeting and Eclipse Conference, Elaine Cuyler, Chief Eclipse Officer of Orbit Oregon, met several awesome eclipse educators from Southern Illinois. They’re already teaching kids about the 2017 eclipse – teachers there feel it’s important for kids to be ready in advance because the eclipse day also happens to be the first day of school!
These dedicated, creative and smart teachers demonstrate exactly what we believe in at The Big Eclipse: You don’t have to be a science teacher to inspire children to learn about science! They’ve started a wonderful web site where teachers can find eclipse resources and ideas for lessons, with activities that educate about eclipses through many disciplines: science, math, fine arts, history, and even physical education.
One idea that we really like: An eclipse time capsule. The next total solar eclipse over the United States will be in 2024 – might be a good time for the next generation of students learning about eclipses to open up a time capsule from 2017!
These collaborative teachers welcome other teachers to join them in sharing their plans for eclipse education activities through their Google discussion group.
Keep up the good work, ladies!