Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Shadows - Section 2: Engage


In the video: talk to your partner the male students are talking about things they know about a shadow. But, they are not answering the question: How are shadows created? So, I listen and repeat my question to make sure they understand the question. Then I listen, and I see they really do not know. Although, they have seen shadows, because they know they can be created on a wall. 

Knowing that they are completely unaware of  how a shadow is created is very helpful. I have to add prompts like, "Where in our room have you seen a shadow?" or "Could that board have a shadow in on it?" These are some of the questions I use to engage the students in their exploration.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: questioning
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Unit 7: Light in My World
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT explain when and why shadows are created.

Big Idea: Allow students to deepen their understanding of what happens when materials are placed in the direct path of a beam of light.

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Science, Light, reflection, mirrors, eye
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