Thursday, May 10, 2012


Monday it was finally sunny! We seized the one sunny day in the forecast and traced our shadows outside three times throughout the day. We were watching what happens to our shadows as they day goes by. Who knew giving first graders chalk and letting them outside 3 extra times would make their day! 
 It was so fun to see all the shadows outside. I realized I never really pay attention to the shadows when we're outside for recess. That or seeing the sun after almost a week of rain and clouds was just a shock to my eyes...
We used three different colors of chalk to see how the shapes of our shadows changed as the day went on. The kiddos were so excited to see what was happening and many of the predictions they had made were spot on!
 By 1:00 our shadows had changed quite a bit, they had gotten smaller and rotated! Do you know why that is?
Of course, by the end of the day with two of the three first grades tracing shadows (3 times during the day) it looked like a mini crime scene on the black top, all the teachers had a good chuckle over that! 

12 thoughts on the matter:

Danelle said... {Reply}

Very cute!

Kathy said... {Reply}

Haha...I love the "mini crime scene" analogy! Looks like a fun day, and chalky hands, was had by all :)

Raymonde said... {Reply}

Oh I love those Tamar, I love the immediacy feel of the photos, in the right place at the right time.

Hope you are keeping well. :)

Nicky @ Awesomeville said... {Reply}

Holy crap, sun! Fun photos!

Heather said... {Reply}

That is so cute, and fun, I never thought of doing anything like that! My oldest loves tracing herself might have to start letting her trace my shadow.

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

Fun lesson! I'm sure the kiddos had a great time. I love the crime scene idea; that is so funny.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said... {Reply}

Wonderful fun shots ~ love them all with the shadows ~ sun's rotation effects the shadows ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

Haha, mini crime scene - what fun! I just might have to try that!!

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

we've done that before - the kiddos love it!

Nancy said... {Reply}

Nothing better than learning outside while playing with chalk! :)

Susan @ Sunflower Status said... {Reply}

That is awesome! What a cute idea!

Your comment on the crime scene reminded me of our sidewalk one Halloween. I did a glow-in-the-dark chalk outline of a kid and pieces of candy... it definitely got some double takes. :-)

Anonymous said... {Reply}

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.