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Casting Shadows Across Literacy and Science

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deborah Ann Jensen, Ph.D.

Deborah Ann Jensen, Ph.D.

New York, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

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  • Computers with Internet access

  • Chart paper

  • Collection of Books Across Genres on Shadows

  • Light and Shadow illustrated by Jo Lynn Alcorn (Scholastic, 1996)

  • The Random House Book of Poetry for Children edited by Jack Prelutzky (Random House, 1983)

  • What Makes a Shadow? By Clyde Rober Bulla (HarperCollins, 1994)

  • "Shadow Race" by Shel Silverstein (In A Light in the Attic, Harper Collins, 2005)

  • "My Shadow" by Robert Louis Stevenson (any edition-an online publication and four print editions are listed in Collection of Books Across Genres on Shadows)

  • Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow by Ann Tompert (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)

  • Flashlights (one flashlight for every three children)

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Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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1. Become familiar with the titles from the Collection of Books Across Genres on Shadows that are available in your school or local library, and add to this list any other children's literature on shadows you find. Choose several titles for use as classroom read-alouds.

2. Select the type of poetry you would like to write with your students. The most appropriate types of poetry for this lesson would be simple rhymes, acrostic poems, cinquains, or diamante poems. (See Shadow Poetry: Types of Poetry for a description of these forms.) Introduce students to the poetry form you want to focus on, and provide examples of this type of poetry during the lesson.

3. Based on your knowledge of your students' skills, decide whether the poetry writing in the lesson (Session 5) will be a whole-class, small-group, or individual activity. With K-2 students, you will probably be writing the poem with students, acting as facilitator, and recording their ideas and words for them. After creating a poem together as a class, you may be able to scaffold the experience and have students write poems independently.

4. Bookmark the ReadWriteThink.org Acrostic Poems and Diamante Poems on your classroom computers if you plan to use these online tools with your class.

5. Bookmark the Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky website on your classroom computers.

6. Decide which pages (if any) from the Web resources you would like to adapt as handouts for your class. Choose examples of the specific poetic form you will be writing, and copy or adapt any suggestions from Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky that you find helpful.

7. Make a copy of the Shadow Watching handout for each student.

8. Make overhead transparencies of the poems you plan to read aloud in Sessions 2 and 4 (or copy the poems onto chart paper).

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