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Sun and Shadows

Jessica and Austin take turns tracing their shadows.

Mrs. McClain’s class had a most difficult time finding a sunny day to experiment with their shadows during their study of Earth Science. The students (and Mrs. McClain) were so excited when the sun made the activity possible! They needed to observe their shadows twice during the school day.

Their first observation occurred just after lunch at 11:00 am. Students worked in partnerships. Partner one was the artist, drawing the shadow of the other partner using chalk. Partner two was the model, standing so partner one could draw the shadow. Students recorded the time and direction of the sun. They also measured the length of the shadow.

Their second observation took place at 1:40 pm, just before dismissal. Partners continued with their same tasks. The models made sure their feet were pointed in the same direction as before, and the artists drew the new shadows with their chalk. Partnerships measured the length and recorded the direction of the sun.
The students discovered that their shadows not only changed positions due to the direction of the sun, but were also shorter in length. Another discovery was that the position of the sun changes in the daytime sky.

The class is planning a fun game of shadow tag on the next sunny day at recess.

Written by: Dolores McClain, 3rd Grade Teacher
Posted: Sep 17, 2014 by Jennifer Williams

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