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ERIC Number: EJ1145348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Eclipses across the Curriculum
Fulco, Charles
Science and Children, v54 n8 p58-61 Apr 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse. This will be the first time the Moon's umbra has touched the continental United States since 1979 and the first totality to span the country coast-to-coast since 1918. From within parts of Oregon and through 14 states to South Carolina, the Moon will completely hide the Sun for a few brief moments, turning daytime to an eerie kind of near-twilight, where the Sun's ghostly corona, bright stars and planets, and other phenomena associated with total eclipses become fleetingly visible. Every part of the country will see at least a partial eclipse. This eclipse offers a chance for virtually every elementary teacher in the United States to participate in a rare and special teaching opportunity. It also allows educators to enhance their science instruction while increasing the level of science literacy in their classrooms by employing a cross-content approach. This article examines how to derive the greatest level of literacy from the eclipse via interdisciplinary lessons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A