Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discovery Activity)

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Outdoor discovery activity involving proportions and similar figures. Not only will this math be fun, but it’ll also get you out in the sun!

This is a very fun, hands-on discovery activity that will generate a concrete understanding of the power of proportions that your students will absolutely love.

WARNING! Abundant sunshine is needed for this activity!

Using “shadow math,” students will learn to calculate the heights of very tall objects without actually having to measure the object. They will learn how to set-up and solve proportions derived from real life similar figures and their shadows (and it’s the perfect excuse to get you outside!)

PowerPoint:
-Fun, very interactive and engaging 11-slide PowerPoint presentation that will walk you and your learners through the “shadow math” activity process
-The presentation includes several similar figure practice problems to familiarize students with setting up and solving proportions.
Please note! Overlapped text in “edit” mode will not appear overlapped in “play” mode.

Resource Pack:
-Activity description and lesson plan
-Data recording and sketch sheets
-Activity discussion questions
-Equation and proportion solving practice page
-Grading rubrics

Materials List:
-Yardsticks/Meter sticks (either preferred), rulers, tape measures (optional)
-Pencils, Colored Pencils
-Data recording sheets (included)
-Calculators (optional)
-Sunshine (mandatory)

*PowerPoint may not be compatible with some Mac software

If you like this activity, you may also be interested in:
The Quest for Pi - Hands-On, Discovery Activity
Thermal Energy - Hand's-on Ice Preservers Lab Activity

I Sincerely Hope this Helps! And Thank You!
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Total Pages
19
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 Days

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Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discover
Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discover
Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discover
Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discover
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