We had a great time at our library’s eclipse event! If you want to see what we did, head over to my YouTube channel.
With the big solar eclipse just a couple weeks away, we’ve been busy learning about it. And I’ve gathered up more than 75 resources to share with *you* for the ultimate collection of resources for the Great American Eclipse.
My first stop for all things to do with outer space is, of course, NASA! Their multitude of websites never let me down and their eclipse part is no exception. They have a K-12 section as well as a homeschool section and I’d suggest taking a look at both. I have some of the links below but they have even more. NASA Wavelengths is a collection of lesson plans & resources, so be sure to check there as well. Resources are grouped by age, type, topic, time…and there are a lot of them. (NASA is one of my favorite sites for educational resources, they have done a fantastic job of sharing & teaching kids.)
How Eclipses Changed History (video)
Solar Eclipse to be streamed from balloons
No eclipse glasses? Alternatives from your kitchen!
5 Safe Ways to View the Eclipse (video)
Great American Solar Eclipse (video from CBS Sunday Morning)
5 Surprising Effects Besides Darkness
Are you someplace that won’t see the eclipse? Or you just want to avoid the crowds? NASA and Facebook have you covered!
Google is asking Citzen Scientists to help them with the Eclipse Megamovie.
NASA’s Tumblr will host a live Q&A on Eclipse talk
25 Things to Bring to the Eclipse
United by the Sun: A Solar Event for All Americans to Share
What does the solar eclipse look like from outer space? (video)
Find libraries participating in eclipse viewing
Hosting an eclipse party
NASA Eclipse Flickr gallery Upload your eclipse photos and check out the photos from other across the country.
How to get kids ready for, and excited for, the Great American Eclipse
NASA’s Livestream If you aren’t in an area with a good view of the eclipse, log into NASA’s live stream.
NASA has a large collection of downloadable items including images, posters, activity guide and infographics.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide This illustrated guide is a one-stop-shop for the must-know information.
Who? What? When? Where?
Misconceptions about Eclipses
Solar Eclipse Interactive Map
Solar Eclipse Across America is a collection of resources, information and everything else you could want to know, put out by the American Astronomical Society. Be sure to check this one out!
The Great American Eclipse website is another collection of resources.
Snacks during the eclipse sounds great! See BBC’s suggestions for cakes, cookies & fruit ideas to eat the eclipse!
Predict the Corona art project After you’re finished, be sure to upload your projects to NASA’s Elcipse Flickr gallery.
Need a playlist to listen to during the eclipse? Mashable has you covered.
Coffee filter eclipse craft
Solar Eclipse Painted Paper Plates
Solar Eclipse Craft for kids
eHow demonstrates solar eclipse art projects for the younger crowd.
Especially for middle school & high school
Pinhole Camera Learn how to construct a pinhole camera for the eclipse
If the pinhole camera isn’t for you, try this cereal box viewer.
Science of the Sun Middle school & high school unit of 11 different activities on the sun, including directions & worksheets.
Space Weather A high school level unit which includes (MORE)
What color is the sun? (.pdf) Comic book for younger children
Our Very Own Star: The Sun A storybook for lower-to-middle elementary ages
Native American Starlore
Ancient Civilizations & the Sun Learn about early civilizations & their beliefs about the sun and their relationship to it.
10 Solar Eclipse books for Kids
Books (affiliate links)
Solar Eclipse 2017: The Complete Kids’ Guide & Activity Book
When the Sun Goes Dark
The Big Eclipse
Looking Up: The Science of Stargazing
Hello, World! Solar System
How to See the Eclipse: A practical guide for the first-time viewer
American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon & Win the Glory of the World (story of the 1878 eclipse)
How to Photograph an Eclipse
As Eclipse Madness Sweeps US, a Stonehenge Made of Cars Prepares (Audio & print)
Small Town, Big Changes Hopkinsville, KY will be the city in the dark for the longest time (audiot + print)
A Beautiful Spectacle Why a geographer encourages everyone to see an eclipse (audio + print)
Eclipse Chasers Urge Viewing (Audio + print)
NASA jets to chase eclipse
Total Eclipse of 1878
Scientists Prepare for the Most Beautiful Thing
Do you want to be a citizen scientist? Here are a dozen opportunities for you to be one!
Eclipse: An Introduction for grades 1-3
Big Sun, Small Moon? Why do the sun & moon look so similar in size? Through this project, elementary kids will learn why they look the same size.
How can the little moon hide the giant sun? Another resource to compare the sizes of the moon & sun.
Can an eclipse change gravity?
NASA’s Space Place website is an opportunity for upper elementary kids to learn about space through games & videos.
Why do eclipses happen? A yardstick demonstration.
Eclipse Shadow Cones (video)
DIY Sun Science This app, available for Apple products only, offers hands-on activity ideas, videos, images, etc.
NASA Wavelength A collection of lessons & activities suitable for easy use in a homeschool
Eclipse Resource Toolkit
From Harvard University, hear a lecture about the Coast-to-Coast eclipse.
A dozen fun activities to do with your kids/students provided you to by NASA.
Teaching Planetary Science–Eclipses A professional development video on teaching eclipses to high school-level students. (There are other planetary science videos, also. If you have younger students, you may still gain good information.)
Eclipses Across the Curriculum This guide provides ideas to study the eclipse in various subjects
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has put out a solar eclipse viewing guide with lots of answers to those WHY questions kids ask.
Teach about the Solar Eclipse A collection of links gathered by PBS Learning Media.
Getting Ready for the Eclipse: Universe in the Classroom
Outreach Resources from the Night Sky Network
NASA Eclipse Webinars
Solar Eclipse Across America has put together a treasure-trove of resources including activity ideas, book suggestions, videos & more. This is a must-see.
The Sun & Total Eclipse A free course through Coursera
Videos, Simulations & Apps
Solar Eclipses 101 National Geographic offers a short video on why they occur, the various types and safely viewing them.
NASA’s Eyes is a web-based or desktop simulation of the eclipse from various places in the US.
How Life Responds Help scientists at iNaturalist know how animals respond to the eclipse by being a citizen scientist!
Solar Eclipse v. Lunar Eclipse PhysicsGirl will teach you!
Totality app by BigKid science
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum brings you four videos to teach you about the eclipse
Eclipse Software & Apps