Schools incorporate eclipse into lesson plans

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Despite the eclipse, schools in the Magic Valley remained in session Monday.

"For a lot of them, it isn't something that they've seen before or even for some of them heard of before," said Shannon Youngman, a fifth-grade teacher at Oregon Trails Elementary School.

The Twin Falls School District ordered 11,000 eclipse glasses ahead of time and teachers incorporated viewing times in their agenda throughout the morning.

The state just adopted the new Idaho Next Generation Science Standards so teachers like Youngman can align their curriculum with the eclipse event. It's something they've been planning the past couple of weeks.

"It's part of our standards and we get to have this awesome like hands-on, live experience for our students," she said.

She taught lessons on the eclipse in the classroom, including the history and periodically brought her class outside to look up at the eclipse in different stages, while abiding by safety procedures.

"When we go out, we look at the ground (to put on our glasses before looking at the sun)," said Thomas Kington who only knew about the eclipse a few days ago. "The first time (we went out), it wasn't blocking the sun as much it was the second time. The second time, I think I could see it a little better, too."

For fifth-grader Hailey Hildebrandt, the experience was something she did not expect.

"I thought it was going to be much faster and go really quick. It was very slow, actually," Hildebrandt commented.

As the eclipse reached its peak, temperatures dropped a few degrees and it got dark enough to make the automatic lights turn on outside the building.

"It's a weird day," Hildebrandt described.

It may have been weird, but an experience to remember.

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