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Shadows

How shadows are formed when the path of light is blocked.

'Shadows' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Light

Curriculum subtopic:  Shadows

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Shadows can be fun. You can have a long shadow or a short shadow. Your shadow can stretch out in front of you or follow you wherever you go. You can make shadow shapes with your hands or even dance with your shadow. You might even try some shadow boxing!

Use this worksheet to find out how much you know about shadows and how they are made.

How is a shadow made?

a shadow forms where light is blocked by something

a shadow forms where is is cold

a shadow forms where light is reflected away

Point a torch at your hand to make a shadow on a wall behind your hand. What happens to the shadow if you move the torch closer to your hand?

it disappears

it gets smaller

it gets bigger

it doesn't change

Where do you have to place an object to make a shadow?

above a light source

behind a light source

in front of a light source

What causes shadows outdoors in the daytime?

rainbows

clouds

the sun

Which object casts the darkest shadow?

a sheet of metal

a piece of fine cloth

a sheet of clear plastic

What word do we use to describe something that light cannot pass through?

translucent

transparent

opaque

oblique

  • Question 1

How is a shadow made?

CORRECT ANSWER
a shadow forms where light is blocked by something
EDDIE SAYS
If you place something in the path of a beam of light it will block the light and form a shadow.
  • Question 2

Point a torch at your hand to make a shadow on a wall behind your hand. What happens to the shadow if you move the torch closer to your hand?

CORRECT ANSWER
it gets bigger
EDDIE SAYS
The closer you move the torch to your hand the more light is blocked out, so the shadow gets bigger.
  • Question 3

Where do you have to place an object to make a shadow?

CORRECT ANSWER
in front of a light source
EDDIE SAYS
An object will only form a shadow if there is a source of light shining on it.
  • Question 4

What causes shadows outdoors in the daytime?

CORRECT ANSWER
the sun
EDDIE SAYS
It is objects blocking the light from the sun that cast shadows. If it wasn't for the sun we would be in darkness.
  • Question 5

Which object casts the darkest shadow?

CORRECT ANSWER
a sheet of metal
EDDIE SAYS
The metal forms the darkest shadow because it blocks all of the light that hits it. The cloth and the plastic let some light through.
  • Question 6

What word do we use to describe something that light cannot pass through?

CORRECT ANSWER
opaque
EDDIE SAYS
An object that light cannot pass through is said to be opaque.
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