Today I am linking up with The First Grade Parade in her series "Throwback Thursday". I started my blog back in 2011 so I went way back to a post I originally wrote on November 1, 2011. This is such a fun Science activity that I will miss doing now that I won't be teaching astronomy anymore!
This week we have been studying about astronomy. I think it can be a hard topic to teach. The kids always have so many questions about it, but they ask some HARD questions! My go to response if I don't know, "Great question. Let's research that!" One activity we do is a shadow activity. I pair the kids up in groups of 2 and let them decide who is the artist and who is the statue. We go outside (weather-permitting, of course) and the statue chooses a position and the artist traces their shadow using chalk. We put the time inside/beside the shadow. Then, we go back outside every hour and do the same thing, with the statue standing in the exact same position. Side note: Because of lunch, activity, CLOUDS, we only did it 3 times but you still get the same effect.
Here, you can see some examples of what our shadows looked like at 8:45, 10:00, and 11:05.
This is a great activity to use if you teach about astronomy and specifically, shadows.
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