Curriculum, Elementary

What Can Light Shine Through?

I teach in a specialized program at a school specifically for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities. Accordingly, the majority of them are visual, hands-on learners. I am always trying to find ways in which they can get up and move, create, and see their own learning.

In Science, the unit we’re working through right now is Light and Shadows. It’s a lot of fun for the kids because we do a lot of work with flashlights and mirrors and making shadows. This week, we answered the question “What Can Light Shine Through?” by making our own posters!

One of my students' posters!
One of my students’ posters!

I made each student a poster separated into four rectangles. The first was for  their title, which they got to design and decorate. The next three were for the vocabulary terms “opaque”, “translucent”, and “transparent” and their respective definitions, which the kids had to cut out and glue to show me they knew the definitions.

I used an exacto-blade to cut out three squares in the centre of each rectangle and the kids had to decide what light could or could not shine through out of clear plastic (I cut up ziploc bags), construction paper, and tissue paper. I had them use flashlights to shine through each if they got confused.

All our posters up on the window.
All our posters up on the window.

They loved this project, it was very simple, and now our classroom windows serve as a learning tool! If you want my free download of the poster outline and the titles and definitions, click here to be taken to the product page on Teachers Pay Teachers!


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