Week 2: Indoor Shadows

This week children will create shadows indoors using lamps and flashlights. They’ll discover how to change a shadow’s shape, size, and position by moving the object that’s casting the shadow or by moving the light source. They’ll also learn to recognize an object’s shadow and match it to the object that is making it. 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Watch and Discuss: Shadow Play

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Indoor Shadows

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Guess Whose Shadow?

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Shadow Matching

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Night Light

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Shadow Detectives

(5 – 10 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Shadow Tracing

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Shadow Art

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Light and Shadow

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Changing Shadow Shapes

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Indoor Shadow Shapes

(20 – 30 min.)

Big and Little Shadows

(20 – 30 min.)

All Sorts of Shadows

(20 – 30 min.)

Making Many Shadows

(20 – 30 min.)

Shadow Simon Says

(20 – 30 min.)

Closing Circle

10 – 15 minutes

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Week’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Day 1

Day 1

Today children will make shadow shapes using a lamp.

Day 2

Day 2

Today children will match shadow shapes. They will also explore the size of a shadow using a lamp.

Day 3

Day 3

Today, children will make shadow shapes using flashlights.

Day 4

Day 4

Today children will experiment with shadow art and making multiple shadows at once.

Day 5

Day 5

Today children will investigate how their own shadows behave.