This interesting lesson introduces students to light and light energy including related terms. Younger students may have a difficult time understand some vocabulary, but all students should be able to distinguish the difference between reflection and reflection. The use of videos from the resources is highly recommended for use in the classroom if possible.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask: What do you think it would be like without light?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: Where does light come from?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Many students will answer the Sun, but ask about other sources of light. As about speed of light, how it travels, what exactly is it, etc.
- Allow for further responses and discussion.
- Distribute Light content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Circulate through the room assisting students when needed. (For younger students, do one experiment at a time, explaining the directions. Discuss results and responses to the questions aloud.)
- Give students sufficient time to complete the activity. When completed, students share responses to the questions.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Responses with the drawings may vary. Allow students to share what they included for each, explaining the difference between each term.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, allow students to share responses. Check for understanding.
- In closing, ask: What do you appreciate or like most about light?
Common Core State Standards:
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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