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Light and Color

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A presentation on light and color and the use of technology for classroom educational needs.

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Light and Color

  1. 1. Intended for Grades 4-5 By Kaitlyn Vitello Light and Color
  2. 2. Technology Integration Rationale Visible light is the reason behind how we see everything in the world around us. Objects absorb the sun’s rays in order to reflect the color that our eyes see. Since this topic includes vocabulary and concepts that are new to students, the use of technology will aid in making this topic easier to understand. Technology can help students understand how we see color through the use of blogs, podcasts, interactive videos, stories and more.
  3. 3. Website Reliability The materials used in this presentation are reputable government and university sources, to aid in teaching a unit on visible light. Sources were checked to make sure the information was current and relevant to the unit. The following slides contain a selection of materials available to teachers everywhere.
  4. 4. Blog The International Year of Light is an international organization to show just how important light is to our everyday lives. This website also explains why light matters, and has hands on involvement resources such as experiments and videos designed to be used in the classroom. This link has a tab designated just for Blog posts where students are able to see posts from different classrooms in different parts of our world. Click on the Image to be directed to the website!
  5. 5. Podcast This particular podcast, A Moment of Science, can help students relate to why their clothes might look different when they are wet in relation to light and why the color looks changed. This podcast still explains the process of reflection and absorption but in a relatable way. ‘Why Are Rainbows Curved’ can also be shown as to why we see rainbows!
  6. 6. Instructional Videos Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow Ms. Frizzle is everyone’s favorite scientist! Discover with Ms. Frizzle and the gang how color and rainbows are created! Scholastic Study Jams A source that can be used independently by students to view videos and take practice tests on the information they learned. Khan Academy - Why Is the Sky Blue? Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Students will be able to find out through this video with Khan Academy!
  7. 7. Internet Resources The internet provides information from government and other reputable organizations about light and color. The following slides will list the website along with a brief outline of what that particular link shows. Each one is helpful in its own way, and put together will make great resources for teachers to use with their students.
  8. 8. Internet Resources National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA introduces light, color, and its uses as well as provide multiple links to lessons including discovering filters, prisms, and mirrors. The Optical Society This resource provides a definition of optics while also exploring other resources, activities, and great fun facts!
  9. 9. Internet Resources Teachers' Lab - The Science of Light This resource is great to have children connect with how different colors are made. They will have an opportunity to interact with each other, as well as with the computer trying to mix colors together to create a match. They will understand the reasoning behind this and connect it to their everyday lives.
  10. 10. Inspiration A diagram created from Inspiration can help students visually see what happens when sunlight is absorbed onto an object, and why we see the particular color it is. The sun is a form of nat ural light, or white light, which contains all wavelengt hs of colors All colors are absorbed into t he apple Red is t he only color refl ected out, and t hat is t he color t hat we see
  11. 11. Teaching Materials “The Day-Glo Brothers” by Chris Barton could be used as a great read aloud. This is a story about two very different brothers who become locked in the basement and start experimenting with colors. Students will have time during the day to relax and listen to the story while also relating it to their science unit. Click on the image to be directed to the link!
  12. 12. Teaching Materials Why color matters can be used to introduce a lesson on if white and black are actually colors, or not. Generating students thoughts while teaching them about these two colors can be easily accessed through this link. Click on the image to access the link!
  13. 13. Meet Science – It’s An App! Meet Science is a great app rated highly by students to learn more about light and sound. If teachers wish, there are also different units for purchase as well such as force and motion! Click on the picture to purchase!
  14. 14. Teaching Materials Making a Rainbow Experiment with creating a rainbow, and sunlight shining rays onto different color papers. Science Light Unit Worksheets An abundance of worksheets, reading comprehension activities, as well as puzzles and diagrams can be found and created on this site. Registration is required.
  15. 15. Subject Specific Resource Light and Optics I would use this site for students to click on the link for ‘Water Droplets’. This will give a deeper look into types of clouds and define some other useful vocabulary terms such as diffracted, and cumulus tower. Students would be able to see pictures of clouds, and why they look the way they do depending on the sunlight and water droplets they contain. Students would be able to connect this to previous lessons on light, rainbows, and how they are created.
  16. 16. Uses of the Internet Exploratorium Online Mix and match is a great interactive way for students to notice just how many colors can be created. This will support what students have learned previously about how colors are formed, and expand on their knowledge for retention. Polar Bear Cam This site although not directly related to light and color, can be used to interest children on what the polar bear sees. Does he/she see color? What does he notice in his environment?
  17. 17. Web 2.0 National Geographic Although this is not a direct relation to a unit on light, National Geographic is a great resource for teachers to use when relating to the world around us, weather, and why we might be seeing different colors in our world based on the climate, storms and environment around us.
  18. 18. Web 2.0 Google Classroom This is an excellent way to stay in contact with students when outside of the classroom. Students can post questions or ideas to each other, or the teacher, and the teacher can be reached at all times without being emailed.