Hello all, sorry I’ve been on hiatus from blogging the past several weeks, but there was a lot of important work happening in that time. Here are a few:
- I’ve been working long hours finishing up my new LearnZillion lessons, which are getting close to being done! I will share them when they are officially published on the site.
- I’ve been trying to get through the books I wanted to read this summer: Teaching Math with Google Apps, The Innovator’s Mindset, and LAUNCH! I’m still not quite there, but making progress
- I’ve been working on getting my room ready for school, which starts in 8 days!?! (Post coming tomorrow with pics!)
- I’ve been meeting with fellow teachers to plan activities for the Eclipse, since we will be in school and experience over 99% totality. This is what I’d like to share today, in case anyone else is thinking of doing any activities, and you want to steal some of ours :).
THE GREAT AMERICAN E☾LIPSE
We will be experiencing the eclipse with our students, which I am really excited about for three reasons:
- I’ve never seen an eclipse before, so I am getting very nerdy excited over here!
- Our math department is going space themed, so this should make it a great start to the year in getting our students immersed into space ideas.
- We haven’t done a district-wide type activity since I’ve been teaching, and it’s going to be awesome!
E☾LIPSE DAY ACTIVITIES
Here is our basic eclipse day plan:
- 7-12th grade students will travel to the elementary schools to teach the younger kids about the eclipse.
- We will come back to school, serve snacks, and watch a short eye safety video from a local optometrist.
- We will put together a time capsule that will be opened on the next eclipse day in our area, which will be April 8, 2024 where we will get 100% totality!
- We will eat lunch on the football field to get ready for the eclipse.
- We will watch the darkest part of the eclipse on the football field as a 7-12 building with our safety glasses!
- We will come back into the building and watch the locally-produced documentary, Countdown to the Eclipse.
I am really excited about the chance to work together as a district to make all of this happen, and I’m excited my students will have the chance to research and teach the younger students! The Thursday-Friday before the eclipse they will be researching in their math and science classes, and they will focus on a specific topic. We are giving them a basic Google Doc that has hyperlinks and guiding questions to get them started. Those are linked below if you decide you want to use any of this at your school!
- Research – Eye Safety
- Research – What is an Eclipse?
- Research – Ancient Myths/Legends About Eclipses
- Research – Timing of Eclipses
- Research – The Great American Eclipse
I will share lots of pictures when eclipse day is over, I just wanted to go ahead and post our ideas now in case anyone is looking into activities they can adapt for older kiddos!