Shadows and Light Lesson Plan


Science and Language Arts

Goals and Aim

1. By the end of this activity students will be able to explain and model how a light source and an object created a shadow.
2. Students will understand that distance changes the size of the shadow.


1. Students will observe their findings with their shadow puppets.
2. Students will understand that when they move their hand towards the flashlight it gets bigger and when they move their hand away it gets smaller.


A. Introduction-

1. Read a Poem called , My Shadow.
2. Students will explore their shadow outdoors.

B. Development-

1. I will ask the students the following questions.
-Why do you have a shadow.
-Do you always have a shadow?
-How does your shadow change?

C. Practice-

1. Direct student attention to shadows using one light source in one place.
2. I will model a shadow puppets.
3. Students will particiapte in experiments with size and shape distortion.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will experience what happens when you move your hands close to the light
2. Students will create shadow puppets.
3. Students will trace their shadow puppet onto a piece of paper.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Observe whole group activity.
2. At the end of the lesson I will review the questions with the students.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Have students tell me what they learned.
2. Students will tell me what they experienced with their shadow puppet.

G. Closure-

1. Read the poem in their journal
2. Students will illustrate their journal.