Light Fantastic Unit Plan

This Physical Sciences unit addresses the properties of light. It explores the phenomena of reflection, refraction, shadow and more.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

What is Light?

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A 60 minute lesson where students will research the concept of light and generate a list of statements that can be tested.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Lights Line Up!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will draw simple ray diagrams to show the paths of light from a source to the eyes.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

See Light Through Me

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will classify objects based on how much light is transmitted through them.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

In the Shadows

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare shadows from point and extended light sources.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Reflecting Light

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will use mirrors to investigate some of the properties of reflected light.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Refracting Light

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will observe the refraction of light at the surfaces of different transparent materials.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

In Living Color

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how the color of an object depends on the properties of the object.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

True Colors

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how the color of an object depends on the properties of the object and the color of the light source.

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Lesson 9 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Light and Shadow - Design an Experiment

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of light and fair testing.

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