Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Mira Mira The Amazing Mira - Section 3: Making a Mira Work Using Light Energy


Alyce Cooper's song rang out in my head! "Teacher! Leave them kids alone!" I should have. I realized that the one group that I didn't allow to struggle just a few minutes more would have gotten through the experience of another group. Because when I showed them, another student looked on, going back to her group. I robbed two of them the opportunity to learn through grappling with complexity. This lesson was the toughest of all because the Mira can be tipped so many ways to see reflections, but only one way to see symmetry. 

  Grappling with Complexity: Leave Them Alone!
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Mira Mira The Amazing Mira

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: Students understand symmetry through reflection of light waves.

Big Idea: Using a mira, students draw symmetrical pictures and then explain how the mira works using what they know about reflection and the eye.

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