Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment

Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Light Energy Unit: Hands-on Experiments, Activities, Review & Assessment
Next Generation Science Standards
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Learning Objective

Students will understand the properties of light energy.

Product Description

Shine some energy into your science curriculum! Kids conduct five sets of hands-on experiments. The light unit includes lesson plans, lab sheets, interactive website, flash cards, review sheet, assessment, and extension activities.

Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. Students explore scientific concepts through hands-on exploration. Then they make their own generalizations. A set of video links allows further exploration and clarifies concepts.

Basic Concepts Explored:

  • How Does Light Travel?
  • Which Materials Are Transparent, Translucent, and Opaque?
  • Which Materials Reflect Light?
  • What Is Refraction?
  • What Is Color?

For each guiding question, students conduct two or three simple (but powerful) light experiments and make generalizations. Most materials are commonly found in the classroom. (See the preview for the entire list.)

You'll receive lesson plans, lab sheets, review, assessment, and a little “Light Reading.” A companion webpage includes relevant links and review materials. You may project the webpage or share it with your students for independent exploration.

Extensions:

This resource now includes five engaging extension activities. Your students will love exploring colors and shadows with these active learning experiences. Color photographs make it easy for teachers to set up light stations, activities, and experiments.

  • Use scientific inquiry to make white light with flashlights and colored cellophane.
  • Tape construction paper in primary colors to a CD and spin it.
  • Use washable markers to draw circles on coffee filters. Then they dip the filter in water to see what happens. Using a fair test brings added value to this chromatography activity.
  • Make animal shape shadows with your hands.
  • Explore shadows and the position of the sun. Students draw one another's shadows every few hours. For more fun, play shadow tag!

Suggested Sequence:

  • Pretest - Use the true/false pretest to determine students’ understanding.
  • Experiments
    • Option 1 - Set up all activities as light centers, rotating small groups every five or ten minutes.
    • Option 2 - Conduct one or two light energy experiments each day.
  • Read and Explore - Use videos found on the corresponding webpage to reinforce and expand students’ understanding.
  • Review - Have students study light concepts using flash cards and study guide.
  • Posttest - Administer the true/false posttest to assess students’ growth.
  • Extend - Engage your students with more fun learning experiences.

Enjoy!

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I'm committed to continual improvement. This unit was updated and enhanced on November 11, 2019.

Indiana Academic Standards for Science 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.1.6

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