Learning Target: I can analyze data to identify patterns of change in shadows.

Think about these questions today as we review what we know about the Sun, moon, and Earth:

  • Where does the sun rise?
  • Where does the sun set?
  • Where is the sun at noon?
  • Why does the sun appear to move across the sky?
  • What causes shadows and why do they change?
  • How can we use the sun to tell time?
  • How do shadows change during the day?
  • When are shadows the longest?  the shortest?
  • How many hours of sunlight do we have in a day?


  • axis
  • rotate
  • rotation
  • Northern hemisphere
  • Southern hemisphere
  • equator
  • shadow



  • Activity:  Exploring Shadows using flashlights



  • Make a Four-Flap foldable showing the location of the Sun and shadows throughout the day.
  • Label your four flaps: morning, noon, afternoon, and late day.
  • Label the directions (East and West) for each of your pictures.

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