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Measuring Shadows: No Child Left Inside

Date: 10/21/14
Grade: 2nd – Special Education Classroom

Specific Objective: After completing this lesson, students will be able to accurately
measure their shadows with a ruler.
Goal: Students will use measurement tools to accurately record the length of their
shadows (Shadows will be recorded 2 times during the day).
 Piece of paper split into 2 columns
 Rulers/yard stick (if available) (30)
 Pencil
 Chalk
 Camera for teachers (take pictures of a few shadows during the 2 times outside)
 One computer, projector, PowerPoint presentation
ISTE-T standards:

Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers,
yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.

Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two
measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.

 Introduce students to the activity that will be taking place outside.
 Discuss safety plan.
 Students will be split into pairs
 Instruct 1 student to grab chalk and one to grab a ruler once the class gets
 Explain the activity thouroughly when outside
 Take pictures of the shadows from the 2 times being outside
 The next day, compile a PowerPoint Presentation showing a few pictures
represented from the 2 times shadows were measured outside
 Have students brainstorm and ask why they think the sizes of their
shadows change.
 Tie this lesson plan into the sun and how it moves throughout the day.

On a nice day where the sun is present (weather permitting), take your class outside in
the morning and have them get into pairs. Students will grab rulers and chalk and
measure each other’s shadow. They will mark where the shadow ends with the chalk and
take a ruler to measure the length of the shadow. Students will record this on a piece of
paper. Students will continue this same step 1 more time at the end of the day. Teachers
will take pictures during both parts of the day of some of the shadows and create a
PowerPoint presentation with the pictures.

Teachers will make a PowerPoint and compile the pictures together from the two times
students were outside. Ask students to write down their different measurement on the
board. Have students brainstorm as of why they think their shadows changed sizes
throughout the day.