Exploring Seasonal Shadows and Sunlight

What can shadows tell us about the changing season? Over several months, astronomy learners record length and position of an outdoor object's shadow, such as a flagpole. They apply the data to a growing hypothesis and note the patterns they observe.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ideally the activity would take place throughout the entire school year and the data applied to a lesson on Earth's tilt
Classroom Considerations

  • One of a terrific five-part mini-unit called "Reasons for Seasons"
Pros

  • The outline is well-written and a data sheet is included
  • Hones observation and analysis skills
Cons

  • None
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