Learn how the sun’s position affects shadows during the day. Find out how to tell time using knowledge of shadows location. Discover how people in Ancient Egypt and Rome could tell the time by the suns shadow. Learn how to make sundials to tell time. There is a link to eThemes resource on measuring shadows. Includes lesson plans, in class projects and activities, photographs, and interactive and animated images.
Here is a lesson plan for 1st through 3rd grade students where kids can learn how to assemble a sundial, tell time using shadows, and understand why shadows change positions. Find out about materials needed, students' prerequisites, teachers' preparation, and find worksheets on the blue section in the left column. The lesson is illustrated with photographs.
Here is another lesson plan for 1st through 3rd grade students along with in-class activities that involve noticing movement of shadows, sun position, and drawing shadows. Includes a worksheet and examples of completed activity.
Learn how light and opaque objects create shadows. Find out how and in what direction shadows change during the day, and what the suns path is. Includes activities, discussion questions, analysis, and schematic drawings.
These sites explain why shadows change their length depending on the time of day and the season. Find out how to determine the height of an object using a shadow stick and ratios. Includes an interactive activity that lets you change the location of the sun and see how that changes the shadow length. There are several instructions for conducting experiments with shadows.