Children experiment with shadows in this live-action video from PEEP and the Big Wide World, making hand shadows grow bigger and smaller as they move their hands closer to and farther away from an overhead light and then tracing the outlines of the shadows on paper. Later, the children go outdoors to explore different shadow shapes they can make with their bodies. Two girls work together to make the letter “H” with their bodies and notice how the shape of the shadow changes when they turn their bodies.
To view the Teaching Tips for this video, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.