This summer, Green Dot students witnessed the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. Green Dot educators saw this as a great opportunity to continue linking current events and natural phenomena to the classroom, encouraging students to tap into their innate curiosity.
For many Green Dot schools, this celestial event laid the groundwork for students’ science experience in the new school year. Schools across the Green Dot network found different ways to incorporate the eclipse into their curriculum.
Staff at Ánimo Florence-Firestone organized a school-wide viewing so that every student could experience the phenomenon and apply the scientific method. That morning before the viewing, classrooms on campus buzzed with excitement. Students were asked to review resources from their teachers that helped them describe and discuss what they believe an eclipse to be, forming a hypotheses of their own.