Check out a teaching kit from MCLS to use in your classroom!
Kits include a facilitator's guide, activity cards, models, sunoculars, and more.
To see the full list of materials, see the PDF document below.
To request a kit until March 15th, email Tonia Burton, Children's Services Consultant.
Kits must be picked up from the public library.
Get on the mailing list for information on Soar Together virtual story times. One Friday per month, at 10am ET, watch and listen to a story from a museum educator, see a museum resource, and do an activity or craft. Virtual story times include an ASL interpreter.
Educator Resources - Follow links to a compilation of educational activities from a variety of sources like the American Astronomical Society, the National Solar Observatory, NASA, Rice Space Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Central NY Observers & Observing, Discover the Universe of Canada, and many more.
Find a lesson in English and in Spanish for grades 5+ about solar eclipses. Includes reading, videos, and activities.
Listen to NASA's Curious Universe podcase episode "Hum of the Sun," (32:01) to learn about the sounds the sun makes.
Learn more about the sun and eclipses in Spanish through Universo Curioso de la NASA's episode "Todo Sobre el Sol," (36:27).
Watch NASA's Space Place animated clip (2:06) about the upcoming solar eclipse. Learn about what a solar eclipse is, totality, what it's like to experience a total solar eclipse, how long it lasts, what the corona is, and when the next one will be.
View a gallery of fact sheets, fliers, maps, and posters on eclipses. Keep an eye out for new additions as we get closer to April 2024!
Eclipse Megamovie- "Returning for the April 2024 total solar eclipse to study the sun’s atmosphere (the corona) in white light to better understand the density of the changing plasma in the sun’s atmosphere."
Eclipse Soundscapes- "studying how eclipses affect life on Earth during the October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Eclipse Soundscapes will revisit an eclipse study from almost 100 years ago that showed that animals and insects are affected by solar eclipses!"
SunSketcher - "Use your phone to help measure the exact shape and size of the Sun by photographing an eclipse phenomenon"
National Solar Observatory
Learn all about the sun including the corona, the sun's magnetic field, solar flares, sunspots, and more!
Watch the Solar Webcast where they discuss lots of eclipse facts like what to expect, how the eclipse is mapped, and how to observe.
Check out their Google Classroom resources including activities, career info, assignments, and more. Resources are available for K-12 and more specifically for middle and high school students. For specific lesson plans and activity guides for the upcoming solar eclipse, click here.
NISE, NSTA, & SEAL
NISE works with educators, researchers, and other STEM professionals at schools, museums, universities, and other organizations to create opportunities for learning about STEM. NISE is committed to lifelong learning, professional development, and the sharing of ideas and resources to create "interactive, imaginative, and social experiences" exploring STEM.
Find more resources - including maps, activities, handouts, community events and experts - here.
Their site includes lesson plans, resources, professional development, and networking opportunities for science teachers at all levels.
View the solar eclipse guide for educators. It includes a "troubleshooting" guide with answers to questions often asked by students, what to do if the day of the eclipse is cloudy, and how to pair with community partners for events.
Or, search the site for "solar eclipse" to yield over 3,000 results including articles, videos, planning guides, and activities. Visit their forums to discuss plans and resources by topic or by teaching area.