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# Fun Solar Eclipse Activities for Students – Celebrate the 2024 Great American Solar Eclipse In Your Classroom!

Are you looking for interactive and fun solar eclipse activities to use in your classroom to teach your students about the upcoming 2024 Great American TOTAL Solar Eclipse?

Today, I’m going to share several fun solar eclipse activities with you to help you celebrate the 2024 total eclipse in your classroom. From math to reading, to science to writing, there are so many different activities you can use!

The eclipse will be happening on April 8, 2024 and an estimated 30+ million people will be able to witness it from their homes! And it is estimated that another 1 million to 4 million people will travel to the path of totality!

With all of that excitement, teachers everywhere are wondering how they can turn the excitement into some great lessons. In this blog post, I’ll go over many ideas you can use to celebrate the eclipse with the kids in your classroom!

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## First, Introduce Solar Eclipse Vocabulary

To begin teaching your students about the solar eclipse, you’ll want to identify some key vocabulary terms. This will help them have a basic understanding of what a total solar eclipse is.

You can use these vocabulary cards to teach your students solar eclipse terms.

For lower grades students, you can use the picture cards to match with the vocabulary terms. For older students, you can use the definitions.

## Create Shadows to Demonstrate the Positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon

One way to visually demonstrate the positions of the sun, Earth, and moon during a solar eclipse is by creating shadows. This hands-on activity allows students to understand the alignment and movements of the sun, moon, and Earth.

### Here’s how to do it:

Set up a simple experiment using a light source (representing the Sun), a globe (representing the Earth), and a smaller object like a tennis ball or ping pong ball (representing the Moon).

By moving the smaller object slowly, students can observe how the shadow changes, representing the different stages of a solar eclipse.

Once you’ve demonstrated this, you can put your students in groups of 3 and have them act out the solar eclipse with their partners with one student being the sun, one being the moon, and one being the earth.

Students can show their understanding by writing about what happens during a solar eclipse.

## Create Solar Eclipse 2024 Wearables and Have a Photo Shoot

Use the photo props included in my 2024 Great American Solar Eclipse resource to have a fun and memorable photoshoot with your class!

Your students will love to color the solar eclipse crowns and pose with the different photo props. I’ve also included silly TOTAL glasses your students can make!

We won’t have another total solar eclipse like this for decades so have fun with it!

## Kid-Friendly Solar Eclipse Videos to Watch

Teach your students more about solar eclipses using videos. Here are two of my favorites from the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse.

## Other Fun Solar Eclipse Activities For Kids

My Great American Solar Eclipse resource includes many fun activities that you can use with both upper and lower grades students.

You can also use the different options to differentiate for your students based on their abilities.

Here are some of the activities included!

Students can color the path of totality and list all of the states in the path. They can also put a star on the map to show where they live in relation to the path.

(Use the link I included in the resource to determine what the eclipse will look like where your school is located!)

Students can create mini books that teach them about solar eclipses.

There are two versions, upper and lower grades versions.

The upper grades version teaches about solar eclipses, while the lower grades version uses sequencing words and pictures for students to color the phases of a solar eclipse.

## Here Are a Few More Ideas for Solar Eclipse Lessons

### Eclipse-Themed Poetry

After viewing the eclipse, have your students write eclipse-themed poems. Encourage them to use descriptive language and imagery to capture the feelings and imagery associated with a solar eclipse. (You can even make a fun figurative language lesson regarding the eclipse!)

Students can experiment with different types of poems, such as haikus or acrostic poems, to express their thoughts, feelings, or observations about this special event.

### Design Solar Eclipse Posters

Have students design posters that educate others about the upcoming solar eclipse!

Provide them with information about the eclipse, including the science behind it and safety precautions. (NOTE–always use authentic safety glasses if you plan to let your students view the eclipse!!)

Let your students make eye-catching posters using markers, colored pencils, and images related to the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Display these posters around the school to raise awareness and excitement about the upcoming eclipse!

### Solar Eclipse Math Activities

Elapsed Time: Find out the start and end times for the solar eclipse in your town. Then, calculate the total duration of the eclipse!

Shadow Measurement: Task students with measuring and comparing the lengths of shadows cast by objects during different the solar eclipse.

### Creative Writing

Have students write about what the solar eclipse would look like if you experienced it from the moon. Students can write a short story about standing on the moon and what they witness or they can write an imaginative story with the moon as the main character!

I hope all of these ideas help you have a memorable day with your students. If you plan to let your students view the solar eclipse, be sure to use certified safety glasses!