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