On Monday, August 21, 2017, Cleveland will experience a solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is in the new moon phase and travels between the Earth and the sun. It’s position will cast a shadow on the earth and cause the sky to become increasingly dark between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., with the moon covering about 80 percent of the sun at 2:31 p.m.
Because many classes will be incorporating learning experiences around this rare celestial event, and because safety precautions must be in place before viewing an eclipse, CMSD has constructed this website to present lesson planning ideas and guidelines for safe viewing.
Additional resources recommended by our Curriculum & Instruction Staff:
NASA resources for EDUCATORS & FAMILIES
Live Streaming Video
12 p.m. EDT - Eclipse Preview Show
1 p.m. EDT - Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA.
The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes and live reports from cities across the nation.
Countdown to the Eclipse
Como Ver el Eclipse Solar del 2017 con Seguridad
Resources for K-12 Educators
NASA “Space Place” Resources for Upper Elementary Grades
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Downloadable maps, posters, fact sheets, safety bulletins, etc.[Please credit NASA!]https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/downloadables
NASA Eclipse Kit & Activity Guide
Views of the Eclipse from the International Space Station (ISS)