If you’re looking for a solar eclipse worksheet PDF to round out a unit study, the 6-page packet on this page will be a great addition to your lesson. The books listed can be read in addition to the reading and doing the activities on their own as the downloadable solar eclipse worksheet can be a stand-alone lesson.
Living in Charleston, SC, we were in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017. We had planned for weeks; learning about the lunar and solar eclipses, getting our viewing gear ready, and even making fun solar eclipse snacks.
Unfortunately, in the minutes just before the solar eclipse was set to occur, a very random and severe thunderstorm occurred. Talk about thinking it’s the end times! The storm was over almost before it started; just after the eclipse had occurred. Needless to say, we were disappointed.
If you’re looking for resources to round out your unit study or something to help teach your child about lunar eclipses and solar eclipses, this six-page packet will help get the ball rolling. I’ve included a few of our favorite books below for additional reading material if you want to spread the learning out over the course of a week.
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What is in this free solar eclipse worksheet PDF packet?
- Solar eclipse vocabulary worksheet
- Solar and lunar eclipse diagram worksheet
- Venn Diagram solar and lunar eclipse worksheet comparing/contrasting differences
- Test your knowledge page encouraging the child to draw the position of the moon sun & earth during a solar eclipse and during a lunar eclipse
Books to Use Alongside Solar Eclipse Worksheet PDF Pack
Exploring Eclipses, Jill Sherman
This book lists solar and lunar eclipses through October 22, 2022. It covers Einstein’s theory of relativity and explains in detail what happens during a solar eclipse and what happens during a lunar eclipse.
The Moon Book, Gail Gibbons
We love Gail Gibbons’ books! This one is comprehensive coverage of the moon and how ocean tides are affected by it, what causes moon phases, and why solar and lunar eclipses occur. What I love about this book is that the text is written in two parts; the main text is ideal as a read-aloud or for older children and there is text for younger and reluctant readers that summarizes the main text.
This book contains a total of five chapters and works well as independent reading. It includes an overview of space, the planets, sun, moon, and stars. The last two chapters are devoted to lunar and solar eclipses with a page dedicated to information about the August 17, 2017 eclipse. The book also discusses how ancient people regarded eclipses.
Watch the August 2017 total solar eclipse here:
Safety First! Where to Find Authentic Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses
To watch a solar eclipse, you’ll need specialized glasses or viewers that block out all of the harmful ultra-violet rays, infrared light, and intense visible light. The American Astronomical Society has compiled this list: of reputable telescope and solar-filter companies that sell or manufacture eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. These glasses, shades, and viewers meet ISO 12312-2 international safety standards.
When is the Next Solar Eclipse: 2020 and Beyond
The Great American Eclipse website lists future eclipses occurring in the next ten years.
Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in 2021
- May 26, Total Lunar Eclipse
- June 10, Annular Solar Eclipse
- November 18 – 19, Partial Lunar Eclipse
- December 4, Total Solar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in 2022
- April 30, Partial Solar Eclipse
- May 15 -16, Total Lunar Eclipse
- October 25, Partial Solar Eclipse
- November 8, Total Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in 2023
- April 20, Total Solar Eclipse
- May 5 – 6, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- October 14, Annular Solar Eclipse
- October 28 – 29, Partial Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in 2024
- March 24 – 25, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- April 8, Total Solar Eclipse
- September 17 – 18, Partial Lunar Eclipse
- October 2, Annular Solar Eclipse
- October 17, Almost Lunar Eclipse