Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring Daily Shadow Changes - Section 4: Reflect & Apply


To develop a deeper understanding of content, I planned two investigations today. In the first investigation, students studied a real-world model by measuring their shadows outdoors. In the second investigation, students used a flashlight and a marker to explore the length of shadows further. 

Following the investigations, I ask students to share how the flashlight investigation was just like measuring our changing shadows: Making Connections. As students build connections between the two investigations, their conceptual understanding of shadows deepens. 

In addition, often times, students struggle with making connections between models and the real world. By conducting these investigations back-to-back, students were able to easily connect one investigation with the other. 

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Double Investigations
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Exploring Daily Shadow Changes

Unit 4: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain how our shadows change throughout the day.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students explore how their shadows change throughout the day. Then, students graph the length of their shadows using a bar graph and draw conclusions.

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Science, sun, Earth and Space Science, stars, shadows, Earth's rotation, Cardinal Directions, investgation, pattern, time, seasons
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