Outdoor Teaching Plan

Teacher’s Name: Kathy MacLeod & Susan Russell
Class Grade Level(s) & School: First grade/kindergarten
Class Subject:
Number of Students in the class:

Lesson/Project Name: Shadows
A.  Pre-Reflection
1. What are your own teaching goals going into this?

  1. a. Students will have a greater understanding and appreciation of nature/outdoors.
  2. b. Students have a better understanding of the affects of nature/outdoors on our daily lives.
  3. c. Students writing, math and science skills will improve.

2.  What are your goals for students going into this?

a.  Process skill goals:

Demonstrate that shadows of objects change based on where light is coming from.
b.  Subject/content goals

Math-measurement, writing- writing skills (writing a phrase /sentence), science-understanding the relationship of objects and light

1.  Materials
Paper, pencils, clipboards, chalk, crayons, rulers, Groundhog Books. Reading Rainbow video, My Shadow.

2.  The Class/Project
a. Prep before going outside
: (30 minutes/days)

Review outside rules (School Enhanced Learning, Herbert W. Broda, chapter 3: Taking your Class Outside: The Nuts and Bolts). This is not a playtime. Stay together on the blacktop. Wear hats, coats, mittens. Do activity on Groundhog Day. Read a book about Groundhog Day, Wake Up Groundhog by Leonard and Susanna Hill or Go to Sleep Groundhog by Judy Cox. Talk about Shadows and what causes a shadow. Briefly explain outdoor activity. We’re going outside to look for our shadows and trace them with chalk. Children will work as partners (partner children before going outside).

b. Outside: (20-30 minutes/days)
Description of activity:
Have students look at their shadows on the blacktop. Discuss shape and size of shadows. Look for the direction and placement of the sun. How does that affect the shadow? Partners may trace eachothers shadow. Each child can measure his/her shadow and record number of approximate feet.

c.  Classroom follow-up: (20-60 minutes/days)
Describe follow-up activity:
Return to the classroom. The students may draw and write about their thoughts and findings. Have a few children share their work. Have a discussion about what was learned.  Watch the Reading Rainbow video, My Shadow.

Guidelines were reviewed for an outside science activity. If the day had been warmer we would have remained outside for the follow-up writing activity.

We would do the activity in the morning and the afternoon then make comparisons.  The activity could be done each season.

Our students were excited and engaged outside. They loved looking at their shadows.
We need to more activities outdoors.

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