In these labs students dig into lenses. In the first they see how convex lenses flip the image depending on how you hold them. In the next three labs they look at these lenses more in depth and in the final lab they see how lenses can be combined to make telescopes (or microscopes). They're good labs for deepening skills and requires little to no setup, yay! If you're studying light and optics with your students, these simple labs could even be set up as centers or stations.
The directions are written directly to the students so you don't have to introduce them. Kids will be intrigued by the phenomena and want to dig into the concepts. The first activity includes a one-page reading that can be used as a read aloud or student reading or teacher read-aloud. Reading includes questions and answers. All four labs include cards for Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) that can be used in a variety of ways. Each of the labs is complete in itself and builds upon concepts taught in the other labs.
Use this to learn and reinforce answers to questions such as:
Once students try this activity, they can capture their observations using the included Lab Notes or probing questions included in the instructions.
Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
Materials Needed Convex and Concave Lenses, Whiteboard or Blackboard
Prep Needed Gather supplies
Teaching Time Four 30 min sessions
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