Big Idea:Light, as an energy source, can be confusing to students. It is something they "see" every day, but don't always realize it is an energy and that objects can produce this energy. Today, they will work to understand and explain these concepts.
Big Idea:Students explore and investigate naturally - as people. This literacy/science lesson is designed to help them notice the personality traits that they possess, and will need to continue to strengthen, as they become successful scientists.
Big Idea:Reading informational text, making sense of it, and connecting learning gleaned from the information is heavy duty for third graders. This lesson explores a step by step strategy to combine science, reading, and writing.
Big Idea:Understanding that light travels in a straight path and must reflect off of something in order to adjust its path is the big idea here. In a fun obstacle course style experiment, students will learn that the reflection angles are equal.
Big Idea:Students have some knowledge now about how light travels and how to make it reflect. Today's lesson will give them space to wonder and build a plan to help them gain information about their "problem" or question.
Big Idea:Preparing for an assessment, or a final project, can be daunting for 8 and 9 year olds. This game style review sets students up to learn what they have learned, while having fun and allowing the teacher to listen in to their scientific debate.
Big Idea:In this lesson, I am paying attention to the way my students assess skits in order to recall information learned in our light energy unit. I will also be able to assess any misconceptions during this unit assessment.