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A Teachers' Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse for K-8 Students  




The total solar eclipse is coming on April 8, 2024! It's a great moment for educators to inspire curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of the universe. But how do you share this awesome experience with your students?


We've created an interactive podcast episode all about the eclipse featuring an immersive audio experience, games, a song, and more. It's called A Kid’s Guide to the Total Eclipse. Eclipse expert Vivian White describes what it feels like to be on the path of totality.


For classroom use, we've broken the episode down into segments on YouTube.


00:00 - Introduction 02:12 - Eclipse "Embodied Experience" 05:10 - Game Show Time with Contestants 10:47 - Game Show Time Lightning Round 16:07 - "A Total Eclipse of the Sun" Song 17:24 - Outro


OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO:


Kahoot! Tumble Science Podcast Eclipse Game

GAME SHOW:


Our episode features a game show with questions submitted by listeners. Have kids play along. Stop the podcast to let them come up with their own answers in the first segment, and then see who wins the multiple choice round.


PLAY ALONG on Kahoot!




ASK KIDS:

  • Why doesn’t an eclipse happen every month?

  • Why do solar eclipses only happen when there’s a New Moon? 



SONG:


Coming soon: "Total Eclipse of the Sun" will be out on Spotify! Hear it now at the end of our episode.


MODEL PHASES OF THE MOON:


Modeling phases of the moon - Pacific Science Center



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