Shadow Length Direction STEM and STEAM

Spivey Sparks
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1st - 5th
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Learning about Earth's rotation, light and shadows? In this Earth Science Shadow STEM, students create a shadow catcher to see how Earth's rotation effects shadows. Students use the engineering design process in this shadow activity to investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their 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!

Next Generation Science Standards: NGSS 5-ESS1-2, 1-ESS1-1

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Shadow and Light STEM Includes:

  • Note to Teacher: STEAM Philosophy & Supply Suggestions
  • Student Directions Page: (3 Leveled Versions- high incorporates Earth's axis) The presented scenario sets students up to create their shadow catcher.
  • Investigate: Materials that create shadows
  • Plan: Shadow Catcher Design (2 Leveled Versions)
  • Improve: Modifications after Testing
  • Evaluate: Testing Data & Reflection 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. 2 Line Graphs are used to show student data regarding shadow angle and length.
    Students will complete a one-page report detailing findings and conclusion.
  • Evaluate: Compare/Contrast Seasonal Changes:
    Students will complete this challenge twice- within two seasons, then compare/contrast their collected data and complete a Venn Diagram.
  • Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: (2 Versions)
    Students will reflect about what they did as they worked through each part of the engineering design cycle.
  • 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.
  • 4 Informational Writing Prompts 1. How Do You Build a Shadow Catcher?
    2. How Are Shadows Made? 3. How Do Shadows Change Throughout the Day?
    4. Playing with Shadows
  • Science Leveled Passage: Sundials & Ancient Civilizations 4 Leveled Texts
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  • Science Leveled Passage: How are Shadows Formed? 4 Leveled Texts
    (Levels 1.4, 2.1, 3.4, 4.5)
  • 4 Venn Diagrams Students will use their understanding of the sun and shadows.
  • 2 Flippable Vocabulary Graphic Organizers: color & blackline 1. Types of Materials: Light Vocabulary
    2. Earth & Solar Vocabulary

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky. Examples of patterns could include the position and motion of Earth with respect to the sun and selected stars that are visible only in particular months. Assessment does not include causes of seasons.
Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day. Assessment of star patterns is limited to stars being seen at night and not during the day.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


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