Lesson Plan Title : Silhouette Drawings

Age Range: Kindergarten through Grade 2 (Early Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: The students will have an opportunity to look at the shape of the head and practice outlining it. The students can try to match the correct silhouette to a profile picture of the student.

Objective: The student will be able to:

1. outline the features of another student by tracing the outline of their shadow.

2. match a silhouette with the correct picture of the student.

3. draw his own profile by looking at a picture.


Overhead projector

Profile pictures of each student

8x11 sheets of white paper

Pencils or pens

Large sheets of dark colored paper

White chalk


Divide the class into pairs. Tape a piece of the dark paper to the wall. One of the students can sit in front of the projector with his shadow projected on the paper. The other student can use the chalk to outline the student's shadow. He should include as much detail as possible. The students can then switch places. '

After all the students have had a turn, the outlines can be put up on a bulletin board and the students can practice matching the outlines to the profile pictures of their classmates.

While each team is up at the projector, have the other students practice drawing their own profile pictures. They can look at the pictures of themselves for reference.

Wrap Up:

This lesson is great for helping students identify and look for details. For more advanced students, they can cut out their profiles and glue them on white paper.