INVESTIGATE & Build Telescopes - Vision & Images Properties of Light | 4th Grade

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In this INVESTIGATE science station, students read a passage about convex and concave mirrors and lenses and build a telescope. Different groups will construct different telescopes and compare their models. Students can answer questions about the investigation within their science journals or on the included worksheets.

This INVESTIGATE station is also available in a larger bundle of 8 stations at a discount.

Google Classroom™️ Components Include:

► Google Form™️ with Reading Text & Differentiated Questions

► Google Slides™️ with Activity Directions & Worksheets to record results

While we have provided Google™️ resources, the investigation is a hands-on activity.

Included in this resource:

  • Links to Google Resources noted above
  • Teacher Notes (material list & notes)
  • Student Text in two formats
  • Student Instructions (for THREE different models of telescopes)
  • Activity Sheets to record observations
  • Differentiated Questions (short answer, fill-in-the-blank with and without a word bank, task cards, multiple-choice questions)
  • Answer Key

Differentiated Responses

Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journals, but worksheets are included as well.


Information about the full Images and Vision bundle:

Light It Up! Science Stations for Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of properties of visible light. The focus is on 4-PS4.B and includes concepts such as light absorption, reflection and refraction, convex and concave mirrors and lenses and telescopes, how light moves through the water, visible light and vision, the transmission of light through kaleidoscopes, primary colors of light and primary colors of pigment, and transparent, translucent, and opaque objects.

By working through this set of stations, students will gain an understanding of what happens when sound enters the ear. Many of the stations teach how sounds waves are generated. The Engineering Standards for fourth grade are also incorporated into this set of stations. See the preview for more details on how the four physical science Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are combined and how the engineering standards are incorporated.

Light Energy Science Stations Include

Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.

Watch a Video - Students watch a video about light or about absorption, reflection, and refraction. Students then answer questions about the videos.

Play a Game - Students interact with a video game about light and then answer questions about the games.

Investigate & Build Telescopes - Students read about convex and concave mirrors and lenses and build a telescope. Different groups construct different telescopes. Groups compare models in order to determine which periscope model provides the best view. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.

Diagram Reflection, Refraction, and Absorption - Students read about reflection, refraction, and absorption. They observe how light moves through water and draw diagrams of their observations and then answer questions about the diagram.

Read about Visible Light - Students read about visible light and vision. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Model Light, Build a Kaleidoscope - Students read about absorption, reflection, and transmission of light. They create a model of absorption, reflection, and transmission of light by building a kaleidoscope. They then answer questions.

Explore Primary Colors of Light & Pigment - Students read about and primary colors of light and primary colors of pigment. They explore light and pigments in a hands-on activity. They then answer questions in order to reinforce the concepts.

Sort Transparent, Translucent, Opaque - Students read about objects that are transparent, translucent, and opaque. They sort a variety of objects into those three categories and then answer questions about the sort.

Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.

Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.

See the preview for additional information and details.

Additional Science Stations are also available.


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