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Amazing Airplanes
book       lesson

Autumn is for Apples
book       lesson

Barney Says Play Safely
book       lesson

Can You Hear It?
book       lesson

Dream Snow
book       lesson

Elmer
book       lesson

Grimm's Fairy Tales
book       lesson

I Got Two Dogs
book       lesson

Papa, Please get the
Moon for me.
book       lesson

Magnets
book       lesson

My Shadow
book       lesson

Spring is Here
book       lesson

St. Patrick's Day
in the Morning
book       lesson

Teddy Bear Picnic
book       lesson

Ten Apples up on Top
book       lesson

The Boat Book
book       lesson

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
book       lesson

The Little Red Hen
book       lesson

The Mixed Up Chameleon
book       lesson

The Three R's
book       lesson

The Tiny Seed
book       lesson

The Very Hungry
Caterpillar
book       lesson

There's No Place
like Space
book       lesson

Three Little Kittens
book       lesson

Two Little Trains
book       lesson

Queen of Hearts
book       lesson

We Three Kings
book       lesson

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
book       lesson
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Bible Theme: God Made Light
On the very first day God created light and he
separated it from the darkness.  This shadowy lesson
reminds children that the Light chases away the
darkenss!
Preschool Theme: Shadows
This page is  full of shadow printables!  There are
shadow matching games, bible verse bracelets,
handwriting worksheets and more!  We have
everything you need for a fun, shadowy adventure.
461410: My Shadow My Shadow
By Monique Felix & Robert Louis Stevenson / The Creative Company

In 1885 the world was introduced to Robert Louis Stevenson's lyrical genius in A Child's Garden of Verses. Among the most popular poems published in that famous collection was My Shadow, four stanzas that ponder the peculiarities of shadows, our ever present companions. In this exquisite book, Creative Editions presents Stevenson's classic as seen through the eyes of an inquisitive mouse, brought to life by Monique Felix's delightful illustrations. A spirited celebration of childhood wonderment, this book is a visual and lyrical treat sure to be enjoyed by both the young and the curious.
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"Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen
A story of a midnight winter exploration between a girl her
father and the creature of the night.
"Shadows & Reflections" by Tana Hoban
Shadows and reflections are all around us -- under our feet,
over our heads, directly in front of us. But only Tana Hoban
can make us look at -- and see -- what is right before our eyes.
She makes us look with our minds and hearts and
imaginations -- and our surroundings are forever changed.
Construction Paper Collages
Provide heavy black and white construction paper and smaller
bits of black and white paper, card, buttons, stickers, pieces of
cloth, and other black or white objects.  Let children create
their own black and white collages.  As an alternative, help the
children to make white patterns on black paper, or black
patterns on white paper.
Dramatic Play: Night Reading
Place a spotlight in a safe place about six or seven feet away
from one side.  Let the children play or read in the "fort," and
help them discover how the shadows of others moving about
the room appear to them while they're inside.  Play a nature
recording of night sounds to add ambiance.
Shadow Tracing
Place a couple of bright reading lights (the gooseneck variety,
the table, and encourage children to make shadows with their
hands and trace the shadows on the paper.  Supervise closely
so no hands get burned on the lamps!
Snack:
Have black and white snacks, such as raisins
and marshmallows.
Read: Shadows and Reflections, by Tana Hoban.
This textless book offers interesting photographs of children
creating various shadows.  This is a nice way to get the
children thinking about what causes shadows and other types
of reflections. Use the pictures to stimulate discussion about
how the moon looks to us at different times.
Music & Movement:

Shadow dancing.  Place a spotlight or other
bright light at an angle above the children.  
Turn off all other lights in the area.  Play
some music and let the children dance.  
Watch the shadows that their dancing creates!

Game:  "Shadow Me."  Group the children
into pairs.  One partner in each pair
"shadows" or mimics every action of the
other.  Then switch roles so everyone gets an
opportunity to be the leader.
Morning Circle:
Review the letter "O" with the children.  Put various "o" objects in the "letter bag."  
You might use an octopus, an owl, an orange, and an oval.  Take this opportunity to
introduce some descriptive words such as out, on, over, and open.

Discuss dark and light, day and night, and the colors black and white.  Ask the children
about what they think creates shadows.  Demonstrate shadows by using a bright light
and a large sheet hung from the ceiling.  Give the children opportunities to take turns
making shadows.  Consider taking digital snapshots of each child as they take turns, so
they can see their own special shadows.   You could even make a collage with the
images on a bulletin board or other special space.
"Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen
Discuss how God made the nighttime, and some of the
creatures that were made especially to be active at night.  
Point out the illustrations and descriptions of the various
shadows mentioned in the story.
Bible Verse Bracelets:
Genesis 1:3-4:

"God said, 'Let there be
light,"
 
Bible Song:  
"This Little Light of
Mine."  Discuss with the
away darkness.  What
happens when we turn a
light on in a dark room?  
Shine a flashlight into a
dark corner?  Let the light
of Jesus shine through us
in a troubled world?
Handwriting Practice:  O is for Owl
This is an optional handwriting worksheet for children
who are ready to practice tracing the letters of the
alphabet.  O is for Owl and children can color the letter
O, and trace the words.  There is also a picture of a owl
for children to color in.
O is for Olive Branch
This is a Bible Coloring
Page of a dove returning to
the ark with an olive branch.
Dried Glue Silhouettes

Mix black tempera paint with white wood glue until fairly
dark.  Spread out waxed paper on a table.  Give each child a
cookie cutter shape such as a "gingerbread man," cat, bird, etc.
 Help each child pour the black glue into the shape.  Wait
until the glue sets to take the cookie cutters away.  Carefully
peel the dried shapes from the waxed paper, and display the
"shadows" all around the room. (Note: it may take a couple of
days for the glue to set properly.)
Shadow Play: Shadow Charades
Let the children be the creators of their own shadow play.  
There must be enough children for the play, and enough for
the audience.  Groups of children could take turns doing this.
 The teacher might give them a basic idea, then let the
children create their own act behind the shadow sheet.  As an
alternative, individual children or groups of children could be
given a situation or an animal to act out, letting the audience
guess what they're doing.
Optional Worksheet: Shadow Match

If you have older Preschoolers, let them
have fun with this worksheet.  Have
them draw a line to match the owner to
their shadow.  This makes a great take
home activity as well.
Optional Shadow Match Game

Print this page and cut the shapes out
separately.  Ask children "Who does this
shadow belong to?" or, Print two copies of
this page to and let children match the
shadows as a center activity.
Hand Shadows

For older children, or those interested in learning more about how to make fun
shadows, send them home with this fun take home sheet for different ways to shape
your hands to create fun animals.  Encourage them to practice with their family at
home.  Or you could enlarge the pictures and laminate them and place them in
your center area for children to practice.

You can download a free ebook on hand shadows here
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