Light and Shadows - Lesson 3 | Shadow Casting

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The Shadow Casting 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, students will experiment with different locations and distance for a light source and an opaque object to recreate a shadow. They will learn how to change the size and shape of the cast shadow.

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
  • Student worksheet
  • Shadow casting game instructions (1 per group)
  • Shadow casting game board (1 per group)
  • Shadow casting game cards (1 set per group)
    • Example card
    • 3 training cards
    • 12 game cards
    • 3 bonus cards

Additional resources required:

  • Flashlight (1 per group)
  • 3 opaque objects (cube, sphere and pyramid) (1 set per group)
  • White screen (can be created by using a textbook, folder, etc.) (1 per group)