Classroom Feature: Steller's Jays


Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms here in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Steller's Jays Shadow Room

This week we transformed our Dramatic Play space into a light and shadow room. We darkened the walls and set up an overhead projector for the children to explore. On our shelves are many different loose parts (open-ended materials the students can explore and move freely), that can be related to weather. We are combining our learning about weather with our investigation of light and shadow.

“Overhead projectors are tools capable of creating worlds crowded with different, often unexpected phenomena, activating wonder and research in everyday spaces.” -100 Languages of Children Exhibit

To learn more about light and shadows and how they can contribute to children’s learning you can search Reggio Emilia or Loris Malaguzzi.

Learning Objectives

  • Children Practice: 
    • Observing objects and events with curiosity by investigating how moving a 3D object on a projector and observing the shadow changes the rules of the object.
    • Actively participating in conversations when they notice that the pink flower’s shadow was not pink, but the transparent yellow plastic’s shadow was yellow.
    • Cause and effect when they notice that when they turned the red knob one way the light box became smaller, and when they turned the red knob the other way the light box became larger.
    • Using thinking skills to resolve conflicts when figuring out how to turn the projector light back on after someone turns it off
    • Comparing and measuring when they group loose parts based on their similarities or differences.