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How about spending a few classes making props and set ups and
breaking into groups and openly discuss shadows and highlights. Re
arrange and also move a rolling light source or swing lamp and
change the light source. Why don't you relate it to science. Do a
unit on the phases of the moon- are they playing with you? My
son learned this at age 5> I know he was aware before other kids
age but now that they are in 3rd grade they all seem to understand
this, especially after spending a month on moon and space units.
They had to do posters of the different phases and make a 3D
standing mobile- as a part of science class not art. You could
easily incorporate this into one or two of your classes. Got any
tennis balls and a lamp?
Then have them make pictures by just drawing the shadow not the
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