Light and Shadows - Lesson 2 | Sun Shadows

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The Sun Shadows activity can also be found within the Light and Shadows - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Light and Shadows bundle here.

Ideal for grades 4-5, during this lesson students will examine how the shadow cast by the sun and an opaque object changes over the course of a day by measuring and graphing their results.

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Understand how shadows are formed
  • Understand how light position can affect shadow size
  • Predict changes in size and position of the shadow resulting from moving the light source
  • Understand how the position of the object can affect shadow size

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Background information with hypothesis
  • Half oval template with student instructions
  • Student worksheet

Additional resources required:

  • Rectangle eraser (one per group)
  • Ruler (one per group)
  • Flashlight (one per group)