A free printable for The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
I’m sure if you live in the United States, you’ve been hearing a lot about The Great American Eclipse. My family lives very close to an area of totality, so this has been a big deal for months. As a homeschooling mom, of course I had to turn this into an educational experience, so I’ve put together a solar eclipse printable for my family to use.
Obviously, I have to start this out by saying that you should never look at the sun, even during an eclipse, without proper eye protection. Go here to find out what NASA says about eye protection.
Although the solar eclipse is happening tomorrow, I thought I would still share this printable with you, in case you would like to use it too!
Make sure you know what you and your family are looking for before the solar eclipse happens. Some of these phenomena will only be present for a few seconds, so you don’t want to miss them while you’re trying to figure out what they are.
For more information about the items on the solar eclipse printable, you can find them here:
To watch a video about the crescents you can find in the shade under trees, look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRcwoAHdTlI
To watch a video about shadow bands, check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_XMnU7Ad40
Measure the temperature before the eclipse and during the eclipse to see how much it changed.
Take note of things going on around you. You may be able to see the stars, if you’re in an area away from city lights. You may be able to see some planets, even. The planets that should be visible are Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.
We have chickens, so we will be watching to see if they go and roost. We have also heard that sometimes they think it’s a new day and lay eggs again, so we will be watching to see if this occurs.
I’d love to hear what fun things your family notices during the eclipse, so leave me a comment below to let me know!