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Longest Shadow

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Short description of activity: Teams compete to cast the longest shadow.

Type of activity: Team Builder, Energizer

Minimum Time Needed for Activity: 10 min

Grade Level: 4th +

Subject Area: None


Sunny day

Set up:

  1. Divide the group up into teams of four or more

  2. Define a starting line


  1. The first person in line must keep a foot on the starting line.

  2. Groups strategize and work together to cast the longest shadow on the ground.

    1. Only bodies can be used, teams cannot use clothing or objects to lengthen their shadow


  • Make the shortest shadow. How can a group cast the smallest shadow?

  • Can the students form a shadow to match the attributes of given shapes?

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