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Light and Shadow | Design a Light Device | Paper

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Have your students use what they have learned about the properties of light and shadow to design and build a light device. This STEM task encourages students to research, design, and build an optical device to present to the class (and you don't even have to know how to build them).

This product is included in our Grade 4 Alberta Science Bundle.

This product is part of our Light and Shadow Bundle.

This hands-on product includes:

  • suggestions on possible light devices. Some basic recipes are included to get you started.
  • suggestions to assess learning including rubrics, checklist, and self-assessment pages.
  • student task pages.
  • student planning plages for working in a group or individually.
  • a list of possible materials that can be used with suggestions for substitutions of everyday items.
  • photos of student examples.

Answer keys are not included, as the whole point of this challenge is to work through problems with divergent thinking. We have included advice and suggestions where possible.

Suggested materials: plastic mirror sheet, laser pointers, small make-up mirrors, flashlights, paper plates, plasticine, craft sticks, markers, plastic wrap, tape, wax paper, white tissue paper, tin foil, mirrors, coloured cellophane (just little bits), single hole punch, cameras or devices to record progress, paper towel rolls, small boxes or shoe boxes, wooden skewers, toothpaste boxes, and cardboard and any other materials you can find!

This product aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies Grade 4 Science Light and Shadow

This product supports:

  • any lesson on properties of light or shadow

                                                  Ninja Note: This file is a PDF and requires printing for students to use.

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