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Annular Eclipse Lessons

The eclipse is over. But these lessons may be useful to teachers and youth group leaders. I will leave them here at least until the April 8, 2024 eclipse happens.


Here are links to my Eclipse Lessons for the October 14, 2023 Annular Eclipse. The links are to Google Slides and Docs. 

Lesson Plans

Teachers at schools other than Chiloquin are welcome to borrow these lesson plans and modify them to suit their needs.

Chiloquin High School Lesson Plan

Chiloquin Junior High School Lesson Plan

Chiloquin 5th & 6th Grade Lesson Plan

Chiloquin 3rd & 4th Grade Lesson Plan

Chiloquin Kindergarten, K, 1st, & 2nd Grade Lesson Plan


"Understanding the Annular Eclipse of October 14, 2023," Standard version. 72 slides. 60 - 90 minutes

Teacher Version. 70 slides. Video of the presentation I gave to the Oregon Science Teachers Association. Includes demonstrations of activities. 81 minutes.

Klamath County Museum Version. 76 slides.

Chiloquin High School version. 62 slides. No video yet. Approximate time: 30-35 minutes.

Chiloquin Junior High School version. 46 slides. Video. 28 minutes including "How to observe the eclipse safely" and other information at the end.

Chiloquin 5th & 6th Grade Version. 36 slides. Video. 26 minutes including "How to observe the eclipse safely" and other information at the end.

"How to Enjoy an Eclipse Safely." 31 slides. 30 minutes. The essentials of eclipse safety are at the end of the main presentation. 

"Understanding Eclipses, Advanced Topics." 27 slides. 30 - 45 minutes.


"Umbra & Penumbra: Give Me Five"


"Umbra & Penumbra: Pencil Shadows"

"Umbra & Penumbra," Long version, includes the two above.

"Phase of the Moon."  I have a "Discovery Kit" that I created many decades ago for teaching the Phases of the Moon, not just the what, but the why. However, I have never fully made it digital. Here is most of it. If you want to use it, contact me to borrow the kit with all supplies. "Phases of the Moon I: Presentation; What," "Phases of the Moon I: Presentation; Why," "Vocabulary," "Student Lab Packet," "Worksheet," "Worksheet Answers." If you want to make your own discovery kit, the original graphics are here.

"Make an Ellipse"

"Calculate Eccentricity of an Ellipse"

"Kepler's First Law," Long version that includes the two above.

"Kepler-inspired Portrait"

"Yardstick Eclipses," Astronomical Society of the Pacific. GTTP Webinar: Solar Eclipse Science.Youtube, 32:40 minutes. Demonstration of the Yardstick Eclipse begins at about 14:13 min. Here is a shorter video that demonstrates how to use the equipment for a solar eclipse.

"Build a Pinhole Eclipse Viewer: Simplest Version"

"Build a Pinhole Eclipse Viewer: Aluminum Foil Version"

"Build a Pinhole Eclipse Viewer: Box Version"

"How to Make a Pinhole Projector," The Planetary Society, Youtube, 1:31 min.

"How to Make a Box Pinhole Projector," NASA, Youtube, 3 minutes.

"How to Make a Pinhole Camera to View the Solar Eclipse," CBS News, Youtube, 34 seconds.

"Ultraviolet Sensitive Beads​." A graduate student if mine a few years back, Emily Leonard, wrote up the excellent lesson plan for UV Beads. For the eclipse I am having the students make themselves a bracelet necklace, lanyard, or similar. I am working with an astronomy professor at Central Wahhington University who is launching balloons with eclipse experiments on them to 100,000 feet. We will put the students UV bead jewelry on a balloon. If we are lucky enough to recover the payload, the kids will have a keepsake that has been above 99.5% of the atmosphere.


Other Resources

Xavier Jubier Interactive Eclipse Website

Time and Date Future Eclipses

Time and Date Future Eclipses Visible in Oregon

Jim Todd, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers, Eclipse Presentation, 15 minutes.

NASA Annular Eclipse October 14, 2023 Resources

NASA /JPL "Public Event" Annular Eclipse October 14, 2023 Resources

NASA Total Eclipse, April 8, 2024 Resources

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Off the Path Eclipse Resources

Griffith Observatory


Exploratorium Stream

NASA Stream 

Griffith Observatory Stream

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