TI-AIE: Observing patterns: shadows and night & day

What this unit is about

All scientific inquiry begins with the skill of observation. Observation is a fundamental part of the scientific method: it is involved in analysing, interpreting and concluding.

This unit looks at ways to help students observe more carefully and systematically so that they can see patterns emerge. The context for the unit is shadows and night & day. This topic is one that students will have formed ideas about prior to coming to school. They will have experienced day and night, observed the sky, and noticed shadows. This unit examines how you as a teacher can build on students’ informal learning in the school context.

Safety warning!

Students must be advised never to look at the Sun directly or through a mirror. Sunlight can damage their eyes even if they are wearing sunglasses.

Students need to know the dangers of hazards that they might encounter outside the classroom, and should never investigate electrical equipment, telephones or communications equipment, or play or work in areas where machinery or vehicles are likely to operate.

What you can learn in this unit