Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: SCIENCE
- White sheet
- Assorted toys
Objectives: Children will explore the effects of the sun as they move their bodies and observe their shadows.
To Prepare: Hang the clothesline outside in an area that gets sunshine. Use the clothespins to hang the sheet on the line.
1 Invite children to move their bodies in various ways in front of the sheet to create animated shadows. They can stand close to the sheet, back away, hold hands, kick their feet up - whatever they want. Ask children to have fun experimenting with making the shadows grow larger and smaller.
2 Hold up some toys in front of the sheet to create shadows. Do the shadows look like the toys' shapes? How can children use the toys to make new shadow shapes? Let children experiment!
3 Ask some children to stand on the other side of the sheet. Have the rest of the children move around and make interesting shadows. Ask the children on the other side to describe what they see. What do the shapes look like? Can they tell how the shadows are being made?
4 Invite children to have fun retelling a familiar story, such as "Billy Goats Gruff." Encourage them to experiment with using props to act out the story with shadows.
Remember: Children who tend to be more physical (kinesthetic learners) will enjoy moving and making shadows. Verbal learners will have fun describing what the see.
- Have fun shadow dancing! Play different types of music (jazz, classical, and so on), and let children dance to it. How can they make their shadows move slowly? Quickly?
- Go on a shadow hunt with children. How many shadows can they find? Talk together about the different shapes the shadows make and how some shadows are long while others are short.
Share these shadowy tales:
The Shadow Book by Beatrice Shenks De Regniers
Shadows by Tara Gomi
Shadows Here, There and Everywhere by Ron Gour