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Week 1: Making Shadows

Lesson 1

Children become aware of their own shadows.


Circle Time: Introduction

Introducing Shadows   
5 min.

 

A student makes shadows with her hands, against a spot lit wall, as a teacher looks on.

Using a flashlight or lamp as a light source, children locate and discuss their own hand shadows.

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Guess Whose Shadow?   
5 min.

 

A teacher holds a book up to his students. The book is open to show some photos.

Children listen to and discuss the book, Guess Whose Shadow? by Stephen Swinburne.

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Cool Shadows   
5 min. 

 

Cool Shadows app screenshot.

Children learn how to use the camera in Cool Shadows, a tool in the Shadows Journal app.

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Guided Small Group

Watch My Shadow Move   
15 min.

 

A girl with her arms outstretched stands against a backlit wall. Her shadow is visible.

Children observe their own shadows indoors and explore making their shadows move and change.

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Learning Centers

I Can Make Shadows   
5-10 min.

 

Toy objects placed in front of a spot lit wall create shadows. A student in the foreground reaches to move an object.

Shadow Center: Children cast shadows on a "shadow wall," using a flashlight, their hands, and small toys.

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Books about Shadows   
5-10 min.

 

Two students are seated, each with a book open in her lap. One student looks down at her book and uses her fingers to make shapes.

Book Corner: Children browse through fiction and informational books about shadows.

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Cool Shadows Review   
5-10 min. 

 

Cool Shadows app screenshot.

Digital Learning Center: Children look at and discuss photos the class has taken of cool shadows.

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Outdoors

Wave to Your Shadow   
5-15 min. 

 

The shadows of three students can be seen, on a sidewalk outside.

Children move, sing and dance, and watch their shadows do the same. They document their shadows with the Cool Shadows tool in the Shadows Journal app.

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Little Shadow, Dance With Me   
5 min.

 

Four students are dancing in a sandy playground. It is sunny, and their shadows are visible.

Children sing and move to an action song.

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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

Cool Shadows Review   
5-10 min. 

 

Cool Shadows app screenshot.

Children view and discuss photos the class has taken of cool shadows outdoors and in the classroom.

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Little Shadow, Dance With Me   
5 min.

 

Four students are dancing in a sandy playground. It is sunny, and their shadows are visible.

Children sing and move to an action song as a partner activity. One child pretends to be the other's shadow and mimics that child's actions.

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