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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.

  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.