Just starting the concepts of transparent, translucent, and opaque? This is the perfect activity for your class to introduce this idea!
For this activity you need:
* a bag/box/basket of random items for each group (try to have a good mix of transparent, translucent, and opaque items!)
* a flashlight for each group
* a Promethean Board, SmartBoard or projector if you plan to show the instructions (or you can print a packet for each group if you do not have access to a projection device!
(This is a PDF File)
This exploration activity starts by letting the students simply explore the items and categorize them any way their group can think of. Then, they begin some guided exploration by being asked to use the flashlight to help classify the items. A "learning question" is on the next slide in case students have trouble with this concept. The question is, "How can you describe light's ability to pass through objects?" Then, students are asked if they know three words that can help answer the question. Next, students are given the terms: transparent, translucent, and opaque and their meanings. Finally, students are asked to classify the items at their group into these categories and to individually (or as a group) answer the "learning question" using details and examples.
* I also included a sheet that you can print with the chart from the presentation if you would like to print one for each group. I always just have my students make their own!
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