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Watch and Discuss: Shifting Shadows

Observe how shadows move as the sun moves.  


  • Shifting Shadows (video) 

Key Science Concepts

  • Outside, the shape, size, and position of a shadow change over the course of the day as the sun’s position changes.


Before watching: Tell children that they will watch a video of children observing how shadows change.

After watching: Ask,

  • Do the children’s experiments remind you of the activity you tried yesterday? How? 
  • What happened to the shadow on the playground?   
  • What did you notice about the tracing of the boy’s shadow? Describe how his shadow looked. How did he and his shadow look different?
  • What have you noticed about how our shadows change outdoors?