Light Lapbook: Hands-On Experiment Based Unit Bundle

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    Bonus Material - Assessments and Lapbook How-To's


    This file contains EVERYTHING you need to teach a unit on light. Students will love creating the lapbook and adding to it with each lesson. The lapbook increases student accountability for their own learning. That being said, it's completely possible to teach this unit and use the pieces in a notebook, if you'd rather.

    You'll get 50+ pages of lesson plans, informational articles, lapbook/notebook pieces, experiments, a PowerPoint, and assessments:

    ♥ Teacher notes for success

    ♥ Instructions to make a lapbook

    Lesson 1: What is light?

    Lesson 2: Natural light

    Lesson 3: Artificial light

    Lesson 4: Light travels in a straight line

    Lesson 5: Translucent, transparent, and opaque

    Lesson 6: Reflection

    Lesson 7: Refraction

    Lesson 8: Light can be separated into colours

    ♥ Show what you know poster task with criteria/assessment (points and proficiency scale versions) NOT FOUND ANYWHERE BUT IN THIS BUNDLE!

    For a more detailed preview, or to buy a little less, check out the individual lessons by clicking the green text written above.

    Note: This file is a zip file containing 2 PDFs. Canadian and American spellings are included.

    This unit aligns with the following curricular outcomes for Grade 4. Be sure to check with the curriculum in your area to see how it aligns.


    Big Idea:

    -Light is a form of energy with specific properties.

    -Light is required to see.

    Overall Expectations:

    -investigate the characteristics and properties of light

    -demonstrate an understanding of light as a form of energy that has specific characteristics and properties


    Prescribed Learning Outcomes:

    4-2-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of light.

    Include: energy, reflect, absorb, transmit, artificial, light beam, transparent, translucent, opaque, technological development, science, brightness.

    4-2-02 Give examples of various forms of energy.

    Include: light, heat, food, sound.

    4-2-03 Recognize that energy is an integral part of daily life.


    Outcomes and Indicators:

    LI4.1 Investigate the characteristics and physical properties of natural and artificial sources of light in the environment.

    LI4.2 Analyze how light interacts with different objects and materials to create phenomena such as shadows, reflection, refraction, and dispersion.

    Prince Edward Island

    Learning Outcomes (Knowledge):

    303-3 distinguish between objects that emit their own light and those that require an external source of light to be seen

    303-2 demonstrate that light travels in all directions away from a source

    303-4 investigate how a beam of light interacts with a variety of objects, in order to determine whether the objects cast shadows, allow light to pass, or reflect light

    303-5 predict the location, shape, and size of a shadow when a light source is placed in a given location relative to an object

    303-6 demonstrate and describe how a variety of media can be used to change the direction of light

    303-7 demonstrate that white light can be separated into colours

    Nova Scotia

    Curricular Outcomes:

    Sources of Light: plan an investigation and communicate questions and ideas with others about light emitted from an object, its own or an external source (204-7, 207-1, 303-3)

    Light Radiates from a Source: observe, demonstrate, and make conclusions about how light travels and is dispersed from a variety of light sources (206-5, 303-2)

    Objects That Absorb, Transmit, and/or Reflect Light:

    •investigate and predict how light interacts with a variety of objects (including changes in the location, shape, and relative size of a shadow) in order to determine whether the objects cast shadows, allow light to pass, and/or reflect light (303-4, 303-5)

    •classify objects as opaque, transparent, or translucent (206-1)

    •make observations and collect information about the reflective and refractive properties of various materials of different shapes (205-5)

    Bending Light: demonstrate and describe how a variety of media can be used to

    change the direction of light (303-6)

    Dispersion of Light: demonstrate that white light can be separated into colours

    (dispersion) (104-6, 205-3, 303-7)

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