Have fun with your child exploring the concepts of light and shadows!
Have fun exploring light and shadows with kids!
This South Carolina standard states that children will be able to talk about their understanding of how light and shadows are formed. A simple flashlight is a great start to exploring these concepts. Make shadows on the wall or line up your plastic animals on the sidewalk and watch their shadows change as the sun rises and sets. Science is lots of fun and children come to exploration naturally. It's their job, after all!
Here are some important points to ponder:
Light is required to make things visible.
How does light behave when it shines on different materials?
Look up simple science experiments to observe shadows changing position as the light source changes.
Play around with mirrors and a flashlight to observe and describe what happens when light shines on a mirror.
How will I know my child has met this first-grade standard?
My child can explore how simple technologies, such as a mirror, can change the direction of light.
My child shows an understanding that light can pass through some objects and not others and that is how shadows are made.
My child can experiment with light and shadows and make observations.
Activities & Multimedia:
Children learn through experimentation and exploration. Make this simple light table and create a science corner in your living space. Encourage your child to visit this special area during the school day to practice what they are learning about light and shadows.
Do you need help explaining light and shadows to your child? Watch this clip together, then get out a flashlight and explore the shadows in your home.
Do you want to explore other first grade SC Science standards?
The titles below will help you and your child discuss concepts surrounding light and shadows and conduct experiments together. Want us to pull books for you? Contact us at 803-799-9084 and request to have books sent to your nearest Richland Library location.