- Survey the class to learn what they know about solar eclipses. Show photographs or videos from NASA (Online Resources) to build background knowledge.
- Read the poem to students. Read it again, this time taking different parts. Invite one group to read the first three lines of each stanza and another group to read the last line of each. Try new ways of reading the poem in different parts.
- Enjoy more of Allan Wolf’s space poetry in his book The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again (2019). Invite students to write a poem in the voice of the Moon, Sun, or a viewer experiencing an eclipse.
- It is important for people to protect their eyes when viewing an eclipse. Watch a video from NASA (Online Resources) to understand how to view a solar eclipse safely.
- Using a large ball (Sun), many small balls (one Moon per child), and some pencils (Moon holders), model a solar eclipse (Online Resources).
- Investigate sky questions by reading bits from Meg Thacher’s Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations (2020) and or Charlotte Guillian’s fold-out book The Skies Above My Eyes (Look Closer) (2018).
Guillian, C. 2018. The skies above my eyes (Look Closer). London, UK: Words & Pictures.
Thacher, M. 2020. Sky gazing: A guide to the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, eclipses, and constellations. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
Wolf, A. 2019. The day the universe exploded my head: Poems to take you into space and back again. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Allan Wolf Author Website: www.allanwolf.com
How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12637
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, NASA: www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/model-a-solar-eclipse/
NASA Eclipses Page: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eclipses/home/
NASA Science Space Place: Explore Earth and Space! https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/eclipse-snap/en/
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an author and teacher blogging at The Poem Farm. A.T. Baron (www.atbaron.com) is a children’s book author, illustrator, and zoologist.