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.

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)

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