Light Energy: Six Science Big Ideas with Investigations to Prove Them

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Looking for Simple Science Labs that turn complicated Physical Science Standards into kid-friendly concepts?

Before I begin teaching a Science Unit to my students I look at the standards I’m meant to cover and break them down into “Big Ideas” that the students will learn. I relate every lesson to one or more of these Big Ideas and prove them throughout the unit. I have found that this keeps me focused and intentional in my planning/teaching while allowing students to grasp new concepts in an organized way. This product will support your Solar Energy Unit with Six Big Idea Concepts and Hands-On Investigations to prove each one.

For this Physical Science Unit on Light Energy, I took the following Content Standard...

Light is a form of energy that behaves in predictable ways;

...and turned it into these Six Big Ideas each with a coordinating investigation!

Big Idea One
• Light is a form of energy.
Big Idea Two
•Light waves travel in straight lines.
Big Idea Three
• When light waves hit something flat & transparent, they transmit.
Big Idea Four
• When light waves hit something curved and transparent, they refract.
Big Idea Five
• When light waves hit something flat & shiny, they reflect.
Big Idea Six
•When light waves hit something dark & opaque, they absorb.

In this Curriculum Guide you will find the following for each Big Idea:
--Big Idea Statement
--Materials Needed (simple, inexpensive items)
--Students Needed (how they will be grouped for the investigation)
--Class Time Needed
--Investigation Procedure for the Teacher (with Notes to Guide the Investigation)
--Lab Report (two on a page--sized for Interactive Science Notebooks)
--Lab Report (full-sized page)

Each Student Lab Report Page contains:
--Room for Student Name
--Big Idea
--Guiding Question
--Room to collect data during the investigation
--Sentence starter for lab conclusions

I have also included posters of each BIG IDEA for you to display.

I hope that you and your students enjoy this approach!
:-) Bethany

Special Note for Ohio Science Teachers:
This resource supports Ohio Science Standards for Grade 5 Physical Science: Light Energy, Sound Energy, and Motion

Additional Science Resources That May Interest You:
Light Energy: Light is All Around Us {A Read About Science Resource}
Light Energy: The Sun-Our Nearest Star {A Read About Science Resource}
Sound Energy: Five Science Big Ideas with Investigations to Prove Them
Forces & Motion: Six Science Big Ideas with Investigations to Prove Them
Matter: Six Science Big Ideas with Investigations to Prove Them
Physical Science Big Ideas BUNDLE: Light, Sound, Forces, & Matter
Science Activity Boards for Early Finishers
Grade 5 Ohio Physical Science BUNDLE: Light Energy, Sound Energy, Forces & Motion
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