Light Incursion (Levels 5 & 6)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 5 & 6

Students will investigate the properties of light, including source, colour, reflection and refraction.

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of light.
  • Explore an old overhead projector and the way it reflects and refracts light.
  • Observe the visible spectrum from different light sources through diffraction grating.
  • Classify materials as transparent, translucent, or opaque.
  • Explore the refraction of light with a “magic” coin.
  • Discuss speed of light through different mediums.
  • Investigate different methods of magnifying objects using glass, plastic and water.
  • Explore the use of lenses to project images and to understand how our eyes work.
  • Use mirrors to experience the rules governing the reflection of light.
  • Experiment with water fibre optics.
  • Test different materials with a simple photometer.
  • Use an electric motor to observe the spinning of coloured discs.

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Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science

  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (VCSSU080)
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)
  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082)
  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083)
  • Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084)
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data (VCSIS085)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086)
  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (VCSIS087)
  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088)

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