Shadow or Spring Game
Math teachers can tie this into the study of fractions or decimals by looking at the portion of students who are eliminated in each round. You can also discuss theoretical probability vs. experimental probability when counting the number of times the teacher pulls “Shadow” vs. “Spring”.
"Shadow or Spring" is an easy game which asks students to try and guess Phil’s prediction. Even though the real prediction is known only by Phil, students will have fun trying to outwit Punxsutawney’s famous weather prognosticator.
Each student should have two cards--one depicting a sun and another depicting a shadow (see below). The teacher should have several of each card in a bag. After asking the students to make their predictions by holding up the appropriate card, the teacher pulls one card out of the bag. Students whose predictions do not match the card drawn by the teacher is OUT. The game continues in this fashion until only one student is left.
The winning student is named “Phil’s Assistant Weather Forecaster”!
Download the full game sheets and accessories below.
- ShadowOrSpring.pdf158 K