Reflection: Complex Tasks Mirror, Mirror on the Wall! - Section 3: Explore:


The Science and Engineering Practice 3 asks that students plan and carry out investigations. In first grade students are great planners.  One tool that I use to scaffold this learning while keeping the work rigorous and relevant is using partnerships. I have students shar their ideas with a "workshop" or work partner.  They will work with this partner in the investigation as well.  In first grade I have found that allowing children to share their ideas first before actually drawing a plan is a great scaffold.  This discourse allows students to develop ideas that are relevant to the question or learning goal.  I have found that when I share some of the ideas, it allows children to further develop their own ideas while keeping the planning rigorous and meaningful. Once the plan is in place students can either draw their plan or go straight to carrying out the investigation through work in the classroom.

  Making a plan
  Complex Tasks: Making a plan
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

Unit 2: Unit 2: Light Waves
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT discover ways that mirrors can redirect a light beam.

Big Idea: We know that light travels in a straight line so how can light beams bend? In this lesson students will explore with mirrors and flashlights to understand how to bend light.

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Science, Light, cause and effect, light source, light beam
  80 minutes
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