SOLAR ECLIPSE is coming! Act it out with us!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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April 8, 2024 is a Solar Eclipse! Our Moon blocks our Sun! How? Your students explore the physical relationship between our Sun, Earth and Moon. Action! Students become the Moon, Earth and Sun! Your Moon students orbit around your Earth students. Your Earth students orbit around your Sun students. Your Moon students stand between your Sun and Earth students and create a shadow on the Earth students. Your class just created an Eclipse! How do we keep our eyes safe? We discuss that too!    Scheduling this program after the eclipse has occurred is just as great! Why? If your students saw it on the news, or were able to see a partial or total eclipse, then their experience will enable them to better understand the science behind it! We personalize this program for your grade level! Some of the fun supplies that we send you: 1 pair of eclipse glasses for the teacher to model, an inflatable Sun, Earth stickers, and a golf ball for the Moon.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $370.00
Multipoint Premium: $360.00
By Request: $185.00
By Request Premium: $175.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, STEM Storytelling

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Scheduling this program after the eclipse has occurred is just as great. Why? If your students saw it on the news, or were able to see a partial or total eclipse, then their experience will enable them to better understand the science behind it!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your school is closed due to weather, please notify us by 8:00 am EST the day of your scheduled program.
In the event of weather-related school closings, we will reschedule your program. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, the full fee will be charged.
Programs are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. We begin with introductions and finding your class on the map.
2 We discuss the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
3. Sign language! We learn the signs for sun, light, night, yes, no, like, science
4. Along with Valerie, your students tell a folktale about how the sun got in our sky.
5 We jump into the science of an eclipse by exploring the relationship between our Sun, Earth and Moon.
6. Students become the Sun, Moon, or Earth. They act out the Moon's orbit around the Earth. However, when your Moon students stand between the Sun and Earth - they create a shadow - an eclipse!
7. Why is our Sun important to us? We discuss light, heat, gravity. (Time permitting)
8. We review all our sign language, vocabulary and concepts.
9. Call to Action: Tell the Sun folktale using the signs we learned. Act out the eclipse!


Students will be able to:
1. Show the signs to a friend. Retell our folktale using their sign language.
2. Compare the relative size difference between our Sun, Earth, Moon.
3. Demonstrate the eclipse process.
4. Engage in a demonstration of the eclipse.
5. Explain how our Sun helps us.
6. Act out the eclipse at home.
7. Explain the importance of wearing solar glasses.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. Please let her know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6

K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2.B. PS3.C