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Shadow Tracking from the Sun

The sun changing places in the sky affects the way that shadows are seen on the Earth's surface.

Location
Waverly, Iowa

Driving Question

  • How does the sun affect the way we see things? 

Probing Questions

  • Why do shadows appear different sizes throughout the day? 
  • Is the shape of the shadow the same or different than the object that is making it?
  • How can we make a shadow?
  • Are there ways that we can track a shadow throughout the day? 

Classroom Suggestions

Activities

  • Measure where the sun is from a consistent spot at different times of the day
  • Use chalk to trace and measure shadow movement
  • Make sun catchers
  • Estimate a person's height with shadows

Discussion 

  • Discuss the size of shadows throughout the day 
  • Discuss the impact of the sun on our daily lives

Relevant Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

K-PS3-1:
Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface

Credit Info

Phenomena submitted by Kearstin Hansel and Alivia Brandhorst

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