Groundhog Day has never been more fun as students engage in NGSS based activities to learn all about the science of shadows and light! Students will practice phenomena-based inquiry, observation, and model creation. They'll go on a shadow hunt and elaborate by creating their own shadow puppet stories to share the tradition of Groundhog Day.
I love finding the wonder of science concepts in every day activities that are exciting for students to explore. My “Science of” series does just that. In this edition, students explore the science of shadows paired with the entertaining GROUNDHOG DAY holiday. This activity could last a couple days or could be expanded on as the core phenomena of an entire unit. Imagine learning about Punxsutawney Phil with a content-rich activity like this! Feel free to pull your favorite activities, or complete the entire 5E lesson sequence!
These activities are arranged in a "5E" format. Students will ENGAGE in the phenomena and modeling creation, EXPLORE dry ice information, safety, and discovery activities, EXPLAIN their observations by finding research to support what they saw, ELABORATE with a STEM Challenge, and EVALUATE their understanding of the science of shadows by writing and creating shadow puppet stories.
INCLUDED IN THIS PRODUCT:
- Detailed Teacher Instructions
- Science of Shadows KWL Chart
- "What Materials Make a Shadow?" Engage Activity
- "What Materials Make a Shadow?" Anchor Chart
- Science of Shadows Close Reading and Modeling Activity
- "How Are Shadows Made?" Anchor Chart
- Shadow Hunt T-Chart
- Shadow Hunt Printable "Stand Up" Clip Art
- "How Are Shadows Made?" Writing Sheets
- "Build a Groundhog Home" STEM Challenge Design Sheet
- Groundhog Home Printable Clip Art
- "Shadow Puppet Stories" Sequencing Organizer
- "Shadow Puppet Stories" Writing Task Printable Paper
- Shadow Puppet Printable Clip Art
NGSS Performance Expectation:
1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.
1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs):
Cause & Effect
Science and Engineering Practice (SEPs):
Developing & Using Models
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
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Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!
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