Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER

Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
Lenses and Optics: Investigating Concave and Convex Mirrors—4 Lab Bundle w/ CER
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  1. In this lab students study convex mirrors and see how they flip the image depending on how you hold them. It's a good lab for deepening skills and requires no setup, yay! If you're studying light and optics with your students, this is a quick and simple lab and could even be set up as a center or st
  2. Three more labs to study plane, convex and concave mirrors. These labs require very little setup and could be used in centers or stations. The directions are written directly to the students so you don't have to introduce them. They're great additions to a study of light and optics. Each lab include
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Four labs to study plane, convex, and concave mirrors. These labs require very little setup and could be used in centers or stations. The directions are written directly to the students so you don't have to introduce them. They're great additions to a study of light and optics.

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:

  • How does the image viewed in a concave mirror change depending on your location?
  • What does an image look like when an object is held near a concave mirror?
  • How are concave mirrors used in everyday life?
  • How do curved mirrors affect light?
  • What type of mirror can make enlarged images?
  • How do curved mirrors compare to curved lenses?

Once students try this activity, they can capture their observations using the included Lab Notes or probing questions included in the instructions. 

Concepts Addressed

  • How does the image viewed in a concave mirror change depending on your location?
  • What does an image look like when an object is held near a concave mirror?
  • How are concave mirrors used in everyday life?
  • Concave and convex mirrors will make distinctly different types of images.
  • Concave lenses behave like convex mirrors.
  • Convex lenses behave like concave mirrors.

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 Concave and convex mirrors, Concave and convex lenses, Transparent mirror (colored plastic), Pencil, Ruler

Prep Needed Gather supplies

Teaching Time  Four 30 min sessions


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