Energize your study of light with five sets of hands-on science activities and a corresponding website! Lesson plans, lab sheets, website, flash cards, review sheet, and assessment are all included in this unit.
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. An interactive website allows further exploration and clarifies concepts.
• 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. Click on PREVIEW for a list of the materials needed and a sample of the unit components.
This product includes lesson plans, lab sheets, review, assessment, and a little “Light Reading.” A companion website, Exploring Light, was created to share with students. It includes relevant links, review materials, and opportunities for extra exploration. You may project the website or share it with your students for independent exploration.
Suggested Sequence for Light Unit:
- Use the true/false pretest to determine students’ understanding of light.
• Option 1 - Set up all activities as light centers, rotating small groups every five or ten minutes.
• Option 2 - Conduct one or two experiments each day.
Read and Explore
- Use text and videos found in the Exploring Light website to reinforce and expand students’ understanding of sound.
- Have students study light concepts using flash cards and study guide.
- Administer the true/false posttest to assess students’ growth.
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• Introduction to the Scientific Method
• Design Process
• Plant Parts
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Next Generation Science Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3
Indiana Academic Standards for Science 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.1.6