Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3

Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
Shadow Catcher- A Solar STEAM and STEM Challenge NGSS 5-ESS1-2 & 1-PS4-3
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In this project, students create a shadow catcher to make observations about the sun. They will investigate how Earth's rotation effects shadows throughout the day in this STEAM and STEM challenge. The engineering design cycle is incorporated as students investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their shadow catcher. Observations and collected data is used to write a report on their findings. Leveled texts and writing prompts round out this jammed packed set!

This is part of a GROWING BUNDLE:
The plan is to have 12 STEAM & STEM products included by February 2018.
STEAM & STEM Challenges {Growing Bundle!}

strong>Student Directions Page: (2 Versions- high incorporates Earth's axis)
The presented scenario sets students up to create their shadow catcher.

Engineering Design Cycle Reflection:
Students will reflect about what they did as they worked through each part of the engineering design cycle.

Data Collection Page:
After students have designed and built their shadow catchers, they will test and record the results. They will record the time, direction of the sun, and the shadow length.

Shadow Catcher Report:
Students will complete a one-page report detailing their findings and conclusion.

Grading Rubric:
The grading rubric allows teachers to assess how students used and applied their knowledge of the sun and shadows to explain how their catcher was created and data was collected, to provide further understanding of shadows and Earth's rotation.

Compare/Contrast Seasonal Changes:
Students will complete this challenge twice- within two seasons, then compare/contrast their collected data and complete a Venn Diagram.

4 Informational Writing Prompts
• How Do You Build a Shadow Catcher?
• How Are Shadows Made?
• How Do Shadows Change Throughout the Day?
• Playing with Shadows

Science Leveled Passage: Sundials & Ancient Civilizations 3 Leveled Texts
• 2.7
• 3.8
• 5.3

Science Leveled Passage: How are Shadows Formed? 3 Leveled Texts
• 2.1
• 3.4
• 4.5

3 Venn Diagrams
Students will use their understanding of the sun and shadows to complete the Venn Diagrams.

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Teaching Duration
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