Me and My Shadow

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Drawing, tracing, cutting and gluing are all skills used in this 2nd grade project. First the students draw a figure, (maybe a football player, a dancer, an angel, etc.)making sure that the arms and legs aren’t too skinny to cut out. After coloring their image, they cut it out and trace it on a black piece of paper. They need to hold the image in place and trace at the same time, but the 2nd graders can do it.


  • One half sheet of white construction paper
  • One half sheet of black construction paper
  • Assorted background colored paper
  • Scraps of colored paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Colors
  • Black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. On the half sheet of white paper, draw an image of yourself as a football player, a dancer, cheerleader, an angel, or whatever you choose as long as it has a face, arms and legs.
  2. Color the image and trace around it with the black Sharpie.
  3. Carefully cut out the image.
  4. Trace the image, with a pencil, on the black piece of paper. Cut out the black silhouette.
  5. Glue the colored image over the black silhouette, leaving about a fourth inch of the black showing on one side.
  6. Glue the shadowed image to the top half of the colored background of your choice.
  7. Under the image write, “Me and My Shadow.” Trace over the letters with the black marker.
  8. Choose two colors of scrap paper and glue shapes around the image to make a border.

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