Third Grade Shadow Tracking

Third Grade Shadow Tracking Third graders have been busy studying the sun this past week in our FOSS Science Unit: Sun, Moon and Stars.

We started our investigation by learning how to use a compass and locating the four cardinal directions.

We then went outside and traced our shadows in the morning. We examined from which direction the sun was rising and which direction our shadows were pointing.

Later that same day, our third graders went back outside to trace their shadows again.  This time they noticed something had changed.  Not only was the sun in a different position in the sky, but our shadows were a different shape and pointing in a different direction.

These observations led us to explore the following important questions in order to understand the relationships between our shadow, the sun and the movement of the earth:

●   Why do you have a shadow?

●   What did you observe about your shadow?

●   Why do you think your shadow changed over the course of the day?

●   When do you think you will have the longest shadow?  The shortest shadow?

From this experience, our third graders worked as collaborative scientists to reach the following science benchmarks.

●   Collect the data in an investigation and analyze those data to develop a logical conclusion.

●   Know sunlight can be blocked to create shadows.

●   Know the position of the sun in the sky changes during the day.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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