"Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready to go. Pick up the pace. You're going to slow. Where, oh where, oh where can he be? The sun has come out. Oh, now I can see! Wait, come back here. Why the hurry? Please don't leave me. You'll make me worry..."
Join the Shadowchaser in investigating shadows.
The picture book was inspired by my son. When we were taking a walk with our dog, he came up with the theory that our dog pulled on the leash so much because he was trying to keep up with his shadow! Shadowchaser was born when I took along a camera on future walks in order to capture shadow and light throughout the day and come up with something that would help students observe and investigate shadows along with the cute presentation of a dog walk.
It is advised that students actually observe the relationship of shadows to objects throughout the day outside of the observations in this book. While I tried to keep the pictures true to how they would be in real life, there are some limitations to observing shadows through a picture book. The purpose of the book is to engage learners in the topic of shadow investigation, and guide them into becoming keen observers.
In this product is the digital format of the picture book, along with shadow investigation activities. In some of the pictures, the shadows are very obvious, and invite the students to observe the size and location as well as the time of day (as presented in the book). In other pictures, the shadows are subtle. Playing hide and seek, the shadows invite the students to look closely.
There is an observation page for each page of the story, where students are engaged in observing the time, size, and location of the shadow. Students are then invited to observe how shadows change throughout the day, based on the observations from the pictures that progress throughout the story. To extend shadow observation, another page invites students to observe shadows throughout the year, through the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall. The activity pages include lined sections where emergent writers can write down their observations.
A key is included for each observation page, but should not be followed strictly because the answers are open-ended.
If you already have activities for a unit on shadows, and you just want the picture book, you can purchase it here: