Elementary School Education

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The Elementary School section is tailored to spark the curiosity of younger students, making the concept of an eclipse both fun and educational. Resources in this category are designed to introduce basic astronomical concepts through interactive activities and engaging storytelling. Simple experiments, hands-on projects, and vibrant educational materials help to explain the science behind eclipses in an age-appropriate manner. Additionally, materials from our collaborators incorporate elements of art and nature, encouraging students to explore their creativity while learning about this natural phenomenon.

Missouri Botanical Garden

The "Early Childhood (Preschool Pre-K)" lesson plan is a comprehensive guide for teaching young children about eclipses and insect behavior. It starts with reading engaging storybooks about eclipses and insects, followed by a simple explanation of what a solar eclipse is, using visual aids for better understanding. The plan includes observation activities where children explore insect behavior before, during, and after an eclipse. Finally, it concludes with group discussions, allowing children to share their observations and thoughts, fostering a deeper understanding of natural phenomena. This plan is ideal for sparking curiosity and learning in young minds.

Missouri History Museum

This early childhood lesson plan encourages students to explore and understand eclipses by comparing historical viewing methods with contemporary ones. Through examining an image of a Girl Scout troop observing an eclipse in the past, students are prompted to critically analyze what they observe and articulate their thoughts. The lesson plan includes comparing past and present eclipse viewing techniques, fostering a discussion on safety advancements and technological progress. It serves as an engaging historical analysis activity as well as a preparatory discussion for safely viewing an upcoming eclipse.

Rockwood School District

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes early learning through exploration and hands-on experiences, helping children develop an understanding of how things work. Solar eclipse study begins with learning about how shadows are formed. This exploration approach mirrors how we all learn: by asking questions, building models, investigating, collecting data, explaining phenomena, and communicating ideas using evidence. By engaging in these science and engineering practices, preschoolers develop essential "crosscutting concepts" that help them make sense of the world around them. These concepts include identifying patterns, cause and effect, comparisons (size, shape, quantity), energy and matter, structure and function, and stability and change. Encouraging children to explore and investigate the world is key to nurturing a lifelong love of learning and understanding.

St. Louis Public Library

The St. Louis Public Library's "Solar Eclipses & Outer Space - Early Childhood" resource is a carefully curated list of books aimed at early childhood education. This selection is specifically designed to introduce young children to the concepts of solar eclipses and outer space in an engaging and age-appropriate way. The books included in this list offer a blend of scientific facts, exciting stories, and imaginative illustrations, making them perfect for sparking curiosity and learning in early learners.

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The Missouri Eclipse Task Force is a Missouri state-wide collaboration working together to promote the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses. Treasury functions for the Task Force are handled by the Astronomical Association of Southeast Missouri, a 501(c)3.

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