Students explored light using overhead projectors ( which I had set up to make shadow shapes, but also became a testing spot for various materials!), creating kaleidoscopes with colored patterns and mirrors ( which became a place where students were trying to bounce light from one mirror to the next to hit a target in the back of the classroom!), reading books about light, using an iPad app called Games of Light, designing their own experiments with tissue paper and flashlights, and checking out different materials on a light table that I built.
I love how accessible science is to all students and how by using a variety of mediums and choices students can really direct their learning. This week we will do a structured experiment with different materials. I am excited to see how they will apply and make connections to their exploratory learning.