High School Lesson Plan: Creating an Eclipse-Viewing Itinerary for the October 2023 Annular Eclipse


By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

1. Understand the significance and science behind an annular solar eclipse.

2. Research and identify the best locations and times to view the October 2023 annular eclipse.

3. Create a detailed itinerary for eclipse-viewing, including safety precautions.

Materials Needed

1. Computers with internet access

2. Projector for presentations

3. Notebooks and pens

4. Eclipse-viewing glasses

5. Maps (physical or digital)

6. Spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets)


1 hour 30 minutes

Lesson Outline

Introduction (10 minutes)

1. Icebreaker Activity: Ask students what they know about solar eclipses. (5 minutes)

2. Introduction to Annular Eclipses: Briefly explain what an annular solar eclipse is and why it's unique. (5 minutes)

Part 1: Understanding the Science (20 minutes)

1. Video Presentation: Show a 5-minute video explaining the science behind solar eclipses. (5 minutes)

2. Discussion: Discuss the video and clarify any questions. (5 minutes)

3. Research Activity: Students will use their computers to find more information about the October 2023 annular eclipse. (10 minutes)

Part 2: Identifying Best Locations and Times (20 minutes)

1. Group Activity: Divide the class into groups. Each group will research and identify the best locations and times to view the October 2023 annular eclipse. (10 minutes)

2. Presentation: Each group will present their findings. (10 minutes)

Part 3: Creating the Itinerary (30 minutes)

1. Demonstration: Show students how to create an itinerary using spreadsheet software. Include columns for location, time, activities, and safety precautions. (10 minutes)

2. Individual Activity: Students will create their own itineraries. (15 minutes)

3. Peer Review: Students will exchange itineraries with a partner for review and feedback. (5 minutes)

Conclusion (10 minutes)

1. Safety Briefing: Discuss the importance of using eclipse-viewing glasses and other safety precautions. (5 minutes)

2. Wrap-up: Summarize the key points of the lesson and ask if there are any final questions. (5 minutes)


1. Participation in group activities and discussions.

2. Completion of the eclipse-viewing itinerary.

3. Peer review feedback.


Students will refine their itineraries based on peer feedback and submit them for grading.

Additional Resources

1. Map, Locations, and Times to View the Eclipse: https://eclipse23.com/pages/what-is-an-eclipse

2. Eclipse Glasses Purchase: https://eclipse23.com/products/5-pack-eclipse-glasses

Feel free to adapt this lesson plan according to your classroom needs and resources.
Roger Sarkis