This Optical Illusions Project is a critical thinking activity. This creative thinking project can accompany any Science, Psychology or Language Arts unit. It also acts well as a stand-alone activity where students are encouraged to think convergently and divergently. Students love this engaging project that captivates their interest. The questions that accompany each image require the students to think critically (and creatively) to try to explain why these trick one’s visual perception. It is a great activity for grades 5 and beyond.
There are 5 sections in this package. Each section contains:
• six different optical illusions (30 in total)
• a series of specific questions regarding each illusion; questions require higher level thinking that ask the student to articulate their reasons and provide justification to their answers.
• an assessment T-Chart (rubric) is provided for use in all sections
• the images are included in a separate folder (for you to print out) or on a PowerPoint slideshow
This can be done in five separate lessons or fewer lessons if you wish to consolidate. These activities work well in pairs or co-operative groups. Students look at the images, discuss the questions and possible answers with their partner and then record their own answers on the graphic organizer provided. No teacher prep in required.