This is an activity about shadows and how the Sun's location affects the direction of a shadow. Learners will first identify what they already know about shadows and will be asked to share any questions they may have. Then students will be taken outside to observe and trace a classmates shadow. From this tracing, students will complete a worksheet by drawing their partner, his or her shadow, and the location of the Sun. Two to three hours later, this observation and tracing process will be repeated, allowing students to witness the movement of shadows as a result of the Earth's rotation. This activity requires a sunny day with plenty of outdoor space to trace the shadows of all students. This is Activity 4 of a larger resource entitled Eye on the Sky.


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    Space Science,Early Elementary,Grade 1,NSDL,Upper Elementary,Grade 3,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Heliophysics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123642253T,Elementary School,Earth and space science:Solar system:The sun,Earth and space science:Astronomy:Size and scale,Grade 2,Vocational/Professional Development Education,NSTA2013,Space science



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