Monday, May 19, 2014

Light Lab Stations

I love science!  I know I have made mention of that on here a million times, but it really is true.  In fourth grade we focus on physical science and we are working on light and heat energy right now.  I love physical science because there are so many neat hands on things for the kids to do. I created this unit for sale in my TPT and TN stores.  Click the picture to be taken to purchase.
Today we did lab stations.  There were six stations in total.  They cover reflection, refraction, white light, and transparent, translucent and opaque.  Each station has a laminate card with the materials needed and the directions.  This is what I spent my Sunday morning doing!

 The students recorded their observations on the lab station sheet.
Station 1 was on refraction:
Station 2 shows refraction on a printed page:
I had to combine station 2 and 3 since I only have five tables, but at station 3 they got to play with prisms.  The kids were fascinated by them!
At station 4 the students made a penny disappear from under the cup by pouring water.
I had to get the penny from the top because I wanted to show that it is still there, but you can't see it through the side at all!
Station 5 was where the students were supposed to make the penny "appear" using water to reflect the image off the metal pan.
Finally, at station 6 the students tested out various materials with a flashlight to see if they are transparent, translucent, or opaque.

These lab stations were a great way to start what is sure to be a busy week!!!

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