P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Shadow Matching
Prerequisites:Should know what the difference of matching and mirroring.
Purpose of Activity:For children to gain an understanding and experience in matching.
Suggested Grade Level:1-2
Materials Needed:A bright sunny day and cones to mark general space;
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
As an "instant activity" play shadow tag or mirror/match tag to review the concept.
To begin the activity, have students pair up with a partner and find a good self space. Students choose who will "match" who first (i.e., be the "leader"). Standing next to their partner, and only looking at their shadow, each student tries to match their partner's shadow. Switch leaders, so each person now has a chance to come up with a movement. Have one partner pick his/her favorite three shapes, then perform them one right after the other, with the partner matching the shapes as perfectly as possible.
To add more to this, you can have partner's travel, follow the leader style, while moving in different pathways, directions, and levels (call a direction out, for example) and on the "freeze" signal the first partner makes a statue and the other matches it by looking at his shadow.
You may wish to pinpoint a few students and their shapes, noting that they may be slightly different, due to each person's body shape being slightly different. In addition, you may wish to discuss how the angle of the sun makes a difference in the length of one's shapes.
If your geographical area doesn't have that many sunny days, try using an overhead projector and screen (or blank wall)!
See how close students come to matching their partner's shadow.
Author:Shawn Fortner who teaches at Back Creek Elementary School in Roanoke , VA . Posted on PEC: 5/30/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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