I'm not sure about where you live, but here in Georgia, we are getting super excited about the solar eclipse. It turns out that many of our local school systems are holding student release until after the eclipse has occurred. Unfortunately, my school is not allowing the students to go outside for viewing. That has not deterred me from focusing on the eclipse in the library.
Many of you probably have seen me posting pictures of displays and such on Instagram and Twitter, but I wanted to take a minute to share my centers here with you. So...let's get to it!
No rocket science involved here....well, actually there is, but you get it. The kids LOVE the NASA Space Operations Learning Center website! I just bookmarked the site on my school web page and they were off and running!
Solar Scrabble Center
I adapted this idea from Mrs. Lodge's Library page. She does a Boggle center in her library and I thought why not make up my own Scrabble version for the solar eclipse. Students are reading a book in the center and then can use some wooden blocks (if they choose) to unscramble key words from the text. I printed my scrambled words on card stock and then laminated. They use dry erase markers for easy clean-up and less paper consumption.
Solar System Sort
This activity came to me last minute when another idea just didn't work out. The kids do a little "research" using books in the center and then they attempt to put the solar system (paper planets I found in the storage room of the library from a former space theme) in order. They loved spreading out on the floor to do this. The third graders loved it and it was just challenging enough. The fifth graders found this a little too easy, so you might need to adapt.
I bought three different solar system puzzles of varying piece size and "complexity" and asked teachers to help pick the appropriate puzzle for each class. Just dump the pieces out and the kids go to work! They LOVE this!!!
Roll it, Read it, wRite it
I saw this activity on Pinterest somewhere and just randomly made up my own version. The students read a fiction and non-fiction book pair and then use a Dollar Tree die to roll for which number question they will answer first. I thought this center might be a dud, but they like it well enough. And they are really getting some good information on moon phases in this center.
This is an activity I purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers and I simply love it. Click HERE to purchase it for yourself. The great thing here is that it isn't eclipse specific, so this could be used with other lunar/solar lessons in the future. The key here was to have students build their model FIRST and then save the coloring for last. They really like this one because it is both art and science.
There you have it! And I did include a little lesson before we went to our centers and showed a brief video that you can view HERE. It was just short enough to keep their attention and not take up too much of our centers time.
Oh, and all of the clip art I used (the solar viewers, etc.) I bought from TpT as well, but when I tried to link to the same product, it was no longer available. Don't worry, there is a lot of solar eclipse clip art available by other sellers.
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