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Friday, May 15, 2009

Light and Shadow

What is a shadow? A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. Of course, we could just read this in a science book...but why not have some hands-on experimentation and fun with this concept?

Many of the children in this 2/3 classroom LOVE creative dramatics of all types. The imagination displayed by their constructed towns and villages, pirate plays, and impromptu acting out of poems and stories is truly amazing. I tried to tap into this natural interest recently by combining our science unit (light) with puppetry.

Some students were most interested in making puppets with lots of detail and moveable parts. Some made many little puppets with a script already swirling around in their brains. And some were most interested in discovering how a shadow changes when the properties (brightness, position, distance) of a light source are changed. ALL learned a little more about light and shadow.

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