Shadow Structures

Children investigate shadows indoors and outside to develop their understanding of the sun as a light source and how it’s apparent motion across the sky changes the size and direction of the shadows they see.

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Because no unit on spring weather would be complete without some fun with the sun (and the shadows it creates), we constructed our very own shadow structures. Students were first given blocks and a white piece of paper.

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They were then told to build a tower with their blocks.

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Next, they used crayons to draw the shadow of their structures.

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Lastly, we talked about how the sun makes shadows!

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