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Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith

exploring shadows in kindergarten

The next day, we read the book, “What Makes A Shadow?” (I highly recommend it!)

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After reading the book, we talked about how when scientists want to prove something, they come up with a plan and conduct an experiment. I prompted them with, “we just learned that a shadow is made when an object blocks light. How about we go outside and see what kinds of shadows we can create using our BIG blocks?” They were VERY excited and helped me carry out our clipboards, paper, pencils, and hollow block cart.

We sat in a circle on the grass and came up with a plan. The boys decided that they were going to create a “block tower” and the girls decided that they were going to build a “castle.” They decided that once they used all their pieces, they would draw the shadow their structure made (because “scientists document their experiments!”).

Students in this kindergarten class went outside with their hollow blocks to create structures and then drew the shadows they made! Students in this kindergarten class went outside with their hollow blocks to create structures and then drew the shadows they made! Students in this kindergarten class went outside with their hollow blocks to create structures and then drew the shadows they made! Students in this kindergarten class went outside with their hollow blocks to create structures and then drew the shadows they made!

The collaboration and teamwork was amazing during the whole process. They loved adding pieces to their structures and then running to check the shadow it created.

We then had a little fun playing a “make a shadow” game. For this, the students got up on our benches and tried to create different shadow images using their partners and their bodies.

Students in this kindergarten class played a "shadow game." With their partners, they used their bodies to create different animals and shape shadows!

They LOVED this.

Students in this kindergarten class played a "shadow game." With their partners, they used their bodies to create different animals and shape shadows! Students in this kindergarten class played a "shadow game." With their partners, they used their bodies to create different animals and shape shadows! Students in this kindergarten class played a "shadow game." With their partners, they used their bodies to create different animals and shape shadows!

Click here to read about our process of making a LIGHT mobile!

Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!

Page One (The Light Exploration Begins)

Page Two (Students Explore Shadows)

Page Three (Students Create A Light Mobile)

Page Four (More Activities During Our Light Unit)

2 Comments
  1. Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

2 Comments

  • Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

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