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Read and Discuss: Light and Shadow

Light makes lots of different shadows.


  • Light and Shadow by Susan Ring

Key Science Concepts

  • A shadow is created by an object blocking the light.
  • You can make shadows with your body and other objects.


Before you read: Show children the cover of the book and read the title and author’s name aloud. Ask children to describe what they see on the cover. Who do they think these shadows belong to? What are they doing? What do they think is on their heads? (Construction workers with hard hats talking together.)

After you read: Ask,

  • What things in the book made light? What source of light did you see that we haven’t talked about yet? (candles)
  • Flip through the pages and have children point out long and short shadows. Why do you think the long shadows are long? Why do you think the short shadows are short? 
  • Do you think the long or the short shadows are easier to recognize? Why do you think so?

Turn to the picture on the title page where someone is making a shadow with his or her hands. Ask what children think the shadow is and ask them to try and make a similar shadow using their hands.