Let It Shine

This investigation is to introduce/solidify students’ working knowledge of sorting and classification.  Through this process students will investigate light transmittance through everyday objects.  The students will perform a simple flashlight test to classify objects into three predetermined groups; that of transparent, translucent, and opaque.  Students will create class graphs to represent the discoveries.  An in depth post discussion will help solidify sorting and light classification concepts as well as address other targeted standards.
This classification scenario will introduce students to some basic concepts of matter and light.  Students will explore that not all objects are the same.  Students will explore that varying degrees of light can pass through their objects.
Understanding how light passes through different materials is necessary when designing glasses, sunglasses, sport glasses, windows, car/ airplane windshields, and helmet visors.

Physical Science Grade K: Benchmark A: Discover that many objects are made of parts that have different characteristics. Describe these characteristics and recognize ways an object may change.
Grade 1: Benchmark A: Discover that many objects are made of parts that have different characteristics. Describe these characteristics and recognize ways an object may change.
Science & Technology Grade K: Benchmark B: Explain that to construct something requires planning, communication, problem solving and tools.
Scientific Inquiry Grade K: Benchmark B: Design and conduct a simple investigation to explore a question.
Grade K: Benchmark C: Gather and communicate information from careful observations and simple investigation through a variety of methods.
Grade 1: Benchmark B: Design and conduct a simple investigation to explore a question.
Grade 1: Benchmark C: Gather and communicate information from careful observations and simple investigation through a variety of methods.
Grade 2: Benchmark B: Design and conduct a simple investigation to explore a question.
Grade 2: Benchmark C: Gather and communicate information from careful observations and simple investigation through a variety of methods.
Scientific Ways of Knowing Grade 1: Benchmark A: Recognize that there are different ways to carry out scientific investigations. Realize that investigations can be repeated under the same conditions with similar results and may have different explanations.
Grade 2: Benchmark C: Recognize that diverse groups of people contribute to our understanding of the natural world.
Geometry and Spatial Sense Grade K: Benchmark C: sort and compare 2D figures and 3D objects according to their characteristics and properties
Patterns Functions and Algebra Grade K: Benchmark A: sort, classify, and order objects by size, number, and other properties, and describe the attributes used.
Grade 1: Benchmark A: sort, classify, and order objects by size, number, and other properties, and describe the attributes used.
Data Analysis and Probability Grade K: Benchmark A: Pose questions and gather
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