MS-PS4-2 Optics Lab Stations Activity

MS-PS4-2 Optics Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-PS4-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Optics Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare transparent, translucent and opaque materials.
2. Develop models that describe how light interacts with transparent, translucent and opaque materials.
3. Explain why some but not all materials produce shadows.
4. Explain how objects appear specific colors because of reflection and absorption of different light frequencies.
5. Evaluate the use of transparent, translucent and opaque materials in the construction of eyewear for specific purposes.

Science Skills Station
Students will study transparent, translucent and opaque materials and draw diagrams to show how light waves interact with these materials. Students will use this study to identify unknown materials as transparent, translucent or opaque.

Narrative Station
Students will read a text about optics and how optics helps us study the interaction between light and matter. Students will also watch a video about color and how the reflection of certain light frequencies causes an object to appear a specific color.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about optics. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will evaluate the use of transparent, translucent and opaque material in the construction of different types of eyewear. Specifically, students will study the materials used to construct reading glasses, lab safety glasses, sunglasses and sleep eye masks.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Computer or tablet
2 Penlights
Peice of paper
“Frosted” plastic Tupperware
Glass (such as a glass beaker)
Plastic Ziploc bag
Wood block
Lego block
Reading glasses
Lab safety glasses
Sunglasses (with polarized lenses)
Eye sleep mask

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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