document how light source, object, and distance affect the
shadow's shape by making silhouettes
silhouette by directing light source at a person
light, distance from object, angle, and/or shape and note
differences to the shadow
the relationship of the person, the light source, and the
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Measurement and Art
light source (lamp, flash light, etc.)
pieces of paper that can be mounted on wall
or tape measures
Tape paper to wall.
2. Set up light source and angle so that it is shining toward
one of the sheets of paper.
3. Place person between light source and paper and note
distance that object is from light source.
4. Draw around person's shadow the paper, creating a silhouette.
5. Move the light source or the object, note the distance,
and draw a second silhouette.
6. Compare the size of the silhouettes when the person stood
at different distances.
7. What happens to the size when the distance is increased?
When it is decreased?
8. Does the shape of the silhouette itself change?
is similar to the activities in this series' Lesson Plan Three.
See the alternative activities in Lesson Plan Three.