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Surprising December Shadows

on December 18, 2012

Earlier in the year, the 2nd grade students talked about shadows.  In late September, we measured the length of the shadows from the trees in the front of our classroom.   The students wondered whether the shadows would get longer or shorter as we got closer to the winter months?  Some predicted shadows would get shorter in winter.  Other students thought the shadows would get longer in the winter months.  We watched the sun peak in and out of clouds this morning.  We dashed outside to take our measurments when the sun appeared.

student observations:

there is more sun in the summer months than the winter months
it is getting darker earlier now that winter is coming
the trees now have no leaves; you can only see the branches
the temperature outside is getting colder
the angle of the sun changes in each season

Do shadows get shorter or longer in winter?

What do you think?

take a look at our recent photos below to help you make up your mind.

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