The Science of Shadows (Unit Study)

The Science of Shadows (Unit Study)

Hello my friends!

For the past week I’ve been hard at work putting together a special subscribers only resource page.  I always thought it would be nice to reward my subscribers with something special and original and now I finally launched it!  For starters I put together the first in a series of unit studies for your Summer Science Camp and this is just the beginning!  

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

My family had a lot of fun with this unit study and I hope you will too.  Apart from a few templates or science pages you might decide to print out, all the experiments and activities use everyday materials that you probably already have in your house.  

 

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

The Science of Shadows

Outline of the unit

  • The big idea: what is shadow
  • Books to share
  • Videos to share
  • Songs and Poems to share
  • Work stations

           * Exploration station 1 – Shadow Play

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

 

           * Exploration station 2 – Introduction to Diffraction

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

 

 

  • The science of shadows

            * Experiment 1: Sun and Shadow: LEGO man in the sun

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

            * Experiment 2: Does everything has a shadow

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

 

 

            * Experiment 3: Shifty Shadow Shapes

            * Experiment 4 : Shadow Walk (nature fun)

  • Additional Shadow Activities

            * Capturing Shadows

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

            * Shadow Puppet Show

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

            * Hangman

            * Silhouette drawing

 

The Science of Shadows is a fun unit study for kids 4-9 that is perfect for a science camp at home!   Experiment with shadows, learn what is shadow, where it comes from and how it moves.

            * Sundial

            * Art connection

            * Writing connection

            * Shadow Tag

 

I designed this unit for children aged 4-9.  Depending on developmental differences and individual preferences some activities might be more suitable for you and your family than others.  You can always modify activities to better suit your needs.   

 

Look through the outline and jot down a sample schedule, choose books to order from a library and make a list of other necessary supplies (i.e. flashlight, paper, etc).  Cross out what is done as you move along.  It will create a sense of accomplishment and will be a visual guide to how hard you worked.  Older kids can create a portfolio to record all the activities related to this topic.  

 

I tried to have as much work done for you as possible by providing complete descriptions and printables, but sometimes you would need to click a link and get more detailed instructions or templates on a different blog.  

At the start, I envisioned a virtual summer camp with weekly schedule filled with science activities, outdoor projects, and art ideas that teaches, entertains and stimulates critical thinking, problem solving and encourages creativity.   Believe me when I tell you that my brain is just about filled to exploding level with ideas!  The only problem, as always, is time!  Even though, I love nothing more than putting together unit studies, I homeschool my kids and it takes a lot of time.  I also looked at my schedule and realized I have 9 posts that I committed myself to in the next 30 days.  So, I think the weekly Science Camp guide will have to wait till next summer, for now I hope to offer you a monthly unit study that can be done in a week or two.  

 

If you are already a subscriber I will send you an email that will direct you to this new permanent FREE resource library that is reserved to subscribers and is password protected. Once you enter the password you will get an instant access to the19-page pdf of the unit study on Shadows.  I have two versions: one is text only and the other one includes photographs.  Pick the one that works better for you.  

 

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  7. This is pretty awesome! I never saw anything like this or a study on it! My teacher friends will love it!

  8. This is such a great idea! I love capturing silhouettes of people and think this would be a fun activity with the kiddos.

  9. Wow look at all of these things to do with shadows. I like the version of tracing a shadow and turning them into art.

  10. This is SUCH a fun activity! I am look for great activities to do this summer with my daughter. adding this to the list!

  11. Great way to engage students in learning. Who knew shadows could be so much fun.

  12. That looks like such a fun experiment. I would love to try this with my daughter!

  13. My kids would love doing these activities with shadows. Especially my 6 year old. He’s always so curious.

  14. A lot of work went into this. I used to homeschool my boys and science experiments and hands-on activities were always their favorite. What a lovely resource you are providing for new and seasoned homeschoolers.

  15. My son who is interested in science would love this. I don’t think we’ve ever really studied the science of shadows and I love the way you broke it down.

  16. Gosh! How fantastic is this?! I have not seen this kind of unit study done. I need to share this post with a friend who is a teacher. She is going to love this!

    1. Thank you, Sheri!!

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