Science Grade 1
Sunshine and Shadows
Description: Students will use science inquiry skills to explore sunlight and shadows. They will learn what they need to make shadows, how to change and move shadows, and how shadows move outside as a result of the changing relative position in the sky.
CT State Science Standards:
Unwrapped Conceptual Ideas:
Unwrapped Major Skills:
Instructional Strategies That Work:
Letting students lead the discussion with the teacher acting as a guide, allowing students to experiment and then demonstrate their findings, bringing students outside and allowing them to experience the effects of sunlight and shadows, allowing students to work together cooperatively, encouraging students to record data and use math skills to quantify data.
Light, shadow, surface, object, opaque, transparent, measure, length, centimeter, inch, sundial, “relative position”
Connections to Literature:
Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow, Ann Tompert
Me and My Shadows, Elizabeth Adams
Overview of Lessons:
Lesson One: Students will determine what is needed to make a shadow.
Lesson Two: Students will determine the necessary order for the surface, shadow, and object to create a shadow.
Lesson Three: Students determine that not all objects cast shadows.
Lesson Four: Students learn to manipulate the position of shadows.
Lesson Five: Students learn to why shadows move outside.
Lesson Six: Students use their knowledge of how shadows move outside to make sundials.
Lesson Seven: Students learn to manipulate the size of shadows.
Lesson Eight: Students will learn to manipulate the length of shadows.
Lesson Nine: Students will learn to manipulate the light source so that the shadow disappears.
Lesson Ten: Students will experiment with making shadows with two light sources.
Culminating Activity: Students will play “Shadow Simon Says”, a game which will allow the teacher to assess their understanding of all the concepts they have learned in this unit.