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Shining Light on Shadows

Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
Liz Pumarol and Jessica Caramella class

Liz Pumarol and Jessica Caramella

"In this exploration of light and shadows, our preschool students chose to observe how the shadow of a class mascot changes throughout the day in a sunny spot on our playground. We selected our favorite non-standard unit of measure to explore length. Students made connections between flashlight models and the sun casting shadows. They are still discussing and discovering more about shadows even weeks after our project concluded!"

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8 thoughts on “Shining Light on Shadows

  1. This was a really fun experiment to view. The way drawing was integrated with the scientific principles was excellent. The students really seemed to be involved. I loved the way the experiment was related to a story the students knew. I also liked the way the experiment continued over several days and involved having the students ask questions. Did anyone experiment with making animals out of hand shadows?

  2. I love the use of Legos it was very creative and overall smart to use. I am amazed as to how fascinating something as simple as shadows can be. The whole project idea and going about how to complete it was very cute, great job!!

  3. Interesting hypothesis! I enjoyed reading through and seeing the data. I can’t wait to hear about your other hypotheses’

  4. Love that you listened to a story and thought of a science question! Good job thinking! I love when there’s a literature component that has spurred a thought (or a solution!) Keep reading and thinking and being scientists!

  5. This is an amazing project! I can see all of the hard work that went into it. Great job!

  6. This is just beautifully crafted in every way. Love the student commentary!

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