Sun and Shade Activity and Worksheets

Sunny summer days are made for experimenting with direct sunlight and shade. Grade 1 students learn about sunshine and shade, so what better time than head out into the sunshine and try these learning activities.

What is shade?

Shade is comparative darkness and coolness caused by shelter from direct sunlight.

The ice cube experiment

For this activity, you’ll need:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • A piece of white paper
  • A piece of black paper

Head outside to your driveway or sidewalk, and do the following:

  • Place one ice cube in the shade of a tree or bush (or even a parked car).
  • Place one ice cube in direct sunlight.
  • Place one ice cube on the white paper on the ground in direct sunlight.
  • Place one ice cube on the black paper on the ground in direct sunlight.
  • Now, guess in which order the ice cubes will melt. Then, settle back and watch what happens.

This experiment is a great hands-on opportunity to learn about sun, shade and how dark colors absorb heat for younger kids.

Sunshine and melting worksheets

In our grade 1 science section, we have a set of worksheets for practicing objects that melt in the sun and those that don’t.

Grade 1 sun and menlting worksheets

Practice shade structures

In these worksheets, students are asked to predict what happens in direct sunlight and in shade.

Grade 1 shade worksheets

Draw shade structures worksheets

Students draw shade structures based on the position of the sun in these worksheets.

Draw shade structures worksheets for grade 1 students