Free Kindergarten Light And Shadows Exploration Lesson Plan

Topic: Light and shadows

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the concept of light and shadows and how they are created.


  • White poster board
  • Flashlight
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored paper
  • Markers or crayons


  • Ask the students if they have ever seen light or shadows before. Ask them to share their experiences or examples.
  • Show the students the white poster board and the flashlight. Ask them to guess what will happen if you move the flashlight around the poster board.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain to the students that light comes in different forms, such as sunlight, moonlight, and lamp light.
  • Tell the students that shadows are the opposite of light and appear when something blocks or obstructs light.
  • Ask the students to imagine different objects and situations that could create shadows. Encourage them to share their ideas with the class.

Guided Practice

  • Show the students a picture of a shadow on a wall or other surface and ask them to describe what they see.
  • Ask the students to think about how the shadow was created, and explain their observations to the class.
  • Encourage the students to draw a picture of a shadow they have seen and share it with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Give each student a piece of white paper and a pen or pencil.
  • Ask the students to draw a picture of a shadow on a wall or other surface and then rub out the shadow with their hand to create a new shadow.
  • Have the students share their pictures with the class and explain how they created their shadows.


  • Ask the students to think about the different ways that shadows can be formed.
  • Ask the students to share any new or interesting insights they gained about light and shadows during the exploration.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity and provide feedback on their understanding of light and shadows.

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