Light and shadows


Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position the Sun to cast shadows at different angles and sizes. Complete pictures by positioning an object, a shadow or the Sun. This learning object is a combination of two learning objects in the same series.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Introduces shadows, and shows how a shadow changes shape as the Sun moves across the sky.
  • Enables students to investigate shadows cast by different objects at different times of day.
  • Allows students to position the Sun to cast shadows at different angles.
  • Provides an activity in which students select and position objects, shadows or the Sun to complete a picture.
  • Provides feedback for correct and incorrect student choices.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3

Learning area
  • Science

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  • Person: Rod Rees
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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