School Cancelled for Solar Eclipse
The Hart County Charter System has cancelled school for the solar eclipse on August 21st.
The school system originally planned to take advantage of the educational opportunity presented by the solar eclipse, however due to safety concerns and neighboring school systems’ decision to cancel school, the Hart County Board of Education decided during their regular meeting on Monday night (August 14) to cancel school on August 21st.
“While we feel that we’ve been proactive in preparing for the event, we want parents to know that student safety is our first priority,” said Superintendent Jaybez Floyd. “We’ve received heightened concerns from parents within the past 24 hours, and we feel that it is in the best interest of the community to cancel school for the solar eclipse.”
To prepare for the event, eclipse glasses have been purchased for each student; students have been educated about the importance of using proper eyewear during an eclipse; and teachers throughout the system have planned educational activities using the many resources that NASA and others have made available for educators.
Hart County schools will move planned activities to Friday prior to the eclipse, and students will be able to bring solar eclipse glasses home to be used with their families on Monday.
The closing will be treated as inclement weather for faculty and staff, and the necessary time will be made up.
Solar Eclipse Resource Guide
Math Challenges- a list of 15 different challenges suited for upper grades. Answer keys available for the challenges
NASA Lesson plans: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/educational-lessons-and-activities
Learn about the Math behind the Solar Eclipse- Learn about the math behind solar eclipses, find out what mathematical coincidence is responsible for them in the first place, and prepare yourself to view the next nearby or far away solar eclipse. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/math/the-math-of-a-solar-eclipse
Calculate the amount of time there is total darkness: Use handheld timers or display a timer on your SmartBoard http://www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-timer/
25 Facts You must know about the Solar Eclipse: http://www.astronomy.com/
American Astronomical Society: This site gives information and resources about the eclipse. https://eclipse.aas.org/
Connect with Tablets and phones with this app: https://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/apps/total-solar-eclipse-app
Safety First- How to view the Solar Eclipse: https://www.eclipseglasses.com/pages/aas-guide-on-safety
Have a Solar Eclipse Party- http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2012/02/space-party-snack-ideas.html
Create a Solar Eclipse Diagram- This is a simple VERY elementary approach to showing students what will happen. http://www.onlypassionatecuriosity.com/exploring-lunar-and-solar-eclipses/
What is a solar eclipse? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is8OLhGgLAE
Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jaxiha8-rY
Facts about the Total Solar Eclipse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnt0NXgNcos
Total Solar Eclipse USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJqeyxye_E
World map of all the future solar eclipses. https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/map-calendar
A map and information about the eclipse. http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/states/GA.htm
This is list of articles on the solar system in Newsela. There are a few specifically focused on the solar eclipse. These would be great for 3-5. Newsela is a great resource because you can vary the Lexile level of any article, it has assignments that go with each article, and you can assign the articles through Google classroom! You can even narrow your searches by standards! (All Hart Co. teachers have subscriptions to Newsela.) https://newsela.com/search/#/?languages=en&reading_standard_slugs=cc4&grade_levels=5&needle=solar%20eclipse
ReadWorks is a great site to access articles on various topics. You can search by grade level, Lexile level, and text type. Some articles even have audio enhancement for struggling readers. Articles come with a vocabulary review, a question set, and can be assigned through Google as well! They can also be printed. Teachers will need to create a free account as an educator before searching “solar eclipse”. https://www.readworks.org
History/Science of Solar Eclipses
6th & 7th Grade: World map of all the future solar eclipses. https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/map-calendar
Questions could be developed around continents in your content area. The World History link below could apply to you as well.
8th Grade Georgia Studies: Use the path of the total eclipse to have students locate the two regions of Georgia where the path crosses and review their location, climate, agriculture, and economic contribution.
World History: This site explains how the Chinese, Greeks, & others documented total solar eclipses: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-history
U.S. History: Newspaper articles from 1918 & 1925; The 1925 New York Times front page illustrates the Roaring 20s through planes, radio, and skyscrapers.
Nat Turner and a solar eclipse
Economics: Story with facts about effects of declining demand and it mentions government subsidies.
U.S. Government: Article shows how each county along the path voted in the 2016 election. Great for electoral college discussion.