Lesson 13The Shadow Knows
Let’s use shadows to find the heights of an object.
Learning Targets:
 I can model a realworld context with similar triangles to find the height of an unknown object.
13.1 Notice and Wonder: Long Shadows and Short Shadows
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
13.2 Objects and Shadows
Here are some measurements that were taken when the photo was taken. It was impossible to directly measure the height of the lamppost, so that cell is blank.
height (inches)  shadow length (inches)  

younger boy  43  29 
man  72  48 
older boy  51  34 
lamppost  114 

What relationships do you notice between an object’s height and the length of its shadow?

Make a conjecture about the height of the lamppost and explain your thinking.
13.3 Justifying the Relationship
Explain why the relationship between the height of these objects and the length of their shadows is approximately proportional.
13.4 The Height of a Tall Object

Head outside. Make sure that it is a sunny day and you take a measuring device (like a tape measure or meter stick) as well as a pencil and some paper.

Choose an object whose height is too large to measure directly. Your teacher may assign you an object.

Use what you have learned to figure out the height of the object! Explain or show your reasoning.