#sol18- April 10, 2018
We have just started our “Earth and Space” science unit and one of the big ideas is how day and night work. Rather than watching a video, reading a book, or resorting to another way of “teaching” the students we are trying to help them figure it out through observations. The pre assessment revealed few (if any) students had any clear understanding of this, so we are starting to explore. Yesterday and today we went outside at various times to photograph our shadows. We went out at 8:30 AM, 10AM, and noon yesterday. Then I asked the students to post their three pictures on their blog and write about what they thought was happening.
One student wrote that earlier in the day there are fewer clouds and later in the day when there are more clouds the sun gets covered so your shadow is shorter. Other students just posted their pictures without any speculation as yet. Some even “knew” that it had something to do with the location of the sun. Today when we went outside for another photo shoot at 2PM there were some excited squeals of delight when they saw their shadow behind them, some students shouted out “I knew that would happen!”, while others were truly surprised.
Our discussions over the next few days will be interesting as we begin the process of making individual models, then partnering up to share ideas, then attempt to come up with a class version. This wonder of wonder is one of the things I love best about inquiry! I am annoyed that my pictures are on my school ipad, because even though I am a jaded adult, the shadows were intriguing!