High School Lesson Plan - Eclipse Travel Itinerary Activity
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.
1. Computers with internet access
2. Projector for presentations
3. Notebooks and pens
5. Maps (physical or digital)
6. Spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets)
1 hour 30 minutes
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.
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-glassesFeel free to adapt this lesson plan according to your classroom needs and resources.