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Eclipse Activities Engage Cayuga Students

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On April 5, fourth graders at Cayuga Elementary School learned all about solar eclipses ahead of the natural phenomenon. Under the guidance of their teachers, Ms. Rosenman, Ms. DiPalma and Mrs. Dalton, students participated in a series of engaging activities designed to deepen their understanding of this celestial event.

Students first connected with Dr. Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS, via Zoom. Dr. Schuman is vice chair for research innovation and co-director of the Glaucoma Service. He shared valuable insights on eye protection during solar eclipses and patiently answered the students' questions, fostering a sense of scientific curiosity and safety awareness.

Following the informative session, students crafted informational posters about solar eclipses to depict the phenomenon itself while also providing tips on how to safely observe it. Students then showcased their dramatic talents with a performance of “The Eclipse Party Disaster,” a play adapted from Storyworks. The activity reinforced the fourth graders’ understanding of the scientific concepts surrounding eclipses.

To refuel before the final activity of the day, students enjoyed eclipse-themed snacks including Space Dunk Oreos, Cosmic Brownies and Capri Sun. The fourth graders then constructed eclipse models using cardstock and brad fasteners. The models demonstrated the alignment of the sun, Earth and moon. Throughout the activities, students were enthusiastic and engaged, fostering a love of learning and discovery.

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Date Added: 4/12/2024