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ACTIVITY - A Different Kind of Shadow Box:
grade 3-6

Resources: Teacher: Overhead projector; plastic shoe box; construction paper; tape; variety of small items (key, string, crayon, paper clips, candy, coins, clothespin, etc. depending on age of students). Students: paper and pencil.
Teacher Preparation: Cover sides of box using tape and paper. Place items in box.

    Procedure:
  1. Place box on overhead projector.
  2. Instruct students to observe shadows of items on screen or wall.
  3. Turn on overhead projector for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Give students 1-2 minutes to list what they saw.
  5. Ask students to read items from list.
  6. Turn on projector and remove each item as it is called out.

Variations/Options: Students can submit their own items for guessing; use as a lead-in for an art project where students must visualize a photogram or shadow of an object and draw it with black marker or cut out of construction paper.


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