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1 L ESSON P LAN:ACTIVITY 1: SHADOWS In this activity, students will explore making and tracking shadows of different objects over the course of the day to discover patterns in the behavior of sunlight, temperature and shadows. Do this activity when the sun is relatively high in the sky, either near the beginning or the end of the school year. You'll also want to measure sun shadows at least twice and perhaps three or four times during the day to see how they vary. It is best to conduct this shadow activity a day or two before reading the book, Bear Shadow, (Activity 2 of the lesson) and making the map of Bear's neighborhood (Activity 3). P REPARATION Assemble the needed materials [e.g. in the center of each table, on each student s desk, etc.]. If the students are working in groups it is useful to provide the materials for each group in a bucket, tub or plastic bag so that the materials are easily carried outdoors.. Materials Per class: Two large classroom thermometers or temperature strips yardstick large coffee can of soil or stones holding a stick Per group: large pieces of paper chalk an umbrella pencils markers paints various objects such as hoops, lace, balls, etc. large, flat sheet of cardboard, poster board, or other heavy paper (at least 2' x 3') compass 6

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