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Hands-on ideas for your light unit
Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Hands-on ideas for your light unit

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This past week my kindergarteners explored light. They enjoyed our unit SO much that each afternoon they moaned and groaned and did not want to go home! (That always makes my teacher heart so very happy!!)

To begin out unit, we started by creating an anchor chart about what we knew about light. Then to test some of our theories and ideas, we went to our STEM lab to use the closet. With all of the lights turned on, I showed my students five colored cards: red, yellow, white, black, and one made out of aluminum foil. I asked them, “If you went in the closet with the lights off, which rectangle would you be able to see?”

They responded with, “the silver one!!”

“I think that you would be able to see the white one.”

“I think I can see ALL of them.”

Exploring light in kindergarten

We then tested their predictions. One by one, I had them go in the closet.

“I can’t see ANYTHING!!” one child exclaimed!

I then had us ALL go in the closet; however, this time, I brought a flashlight.

With great excitement, my students eagerly announced they could now find ALL of the cards.

We then went back to our classroom to discuss what we learned.

My students shared, “At first, when it was dark, we couldn’t see anything. It was way too dark.”

“But… once we had a light, we could see everything!”

“Yeah, you have to have LIGHT in order to see!”

It was so great to see them come together with their ideas and observations. Then, I set up a few light centers for my students to explore.

The first was using the overhead projector.

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The second, was exploring at our light table.

Exploring light in kindergarten

Exploring light in kindergarten

The third center was exploring a “cave.” For this I draped dark sheets over a table and gave them blocks and flashlights. (Two friends were allowed at this center at a time and I left one corner open so I could watch them.)

Exploring light in kindergarten

The fourth center was exploring flashlights with translucent blocks.

Exploring light in kindergarten

During our explorations, we kept the lights off so that we could really explore the light centers. (They loved this!)

We then added more of our observations to our anchor chart.

Click here to read about our shadow experiments.

Exploring shadows in kindergarten

Page One (The Light Exploration Begins)

Page Two (Students Explore Shadows)

Page Three (Students Create A Light Mobile)

Page Four (More Activities During Our Light Unit)

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2 Comments
  1. Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

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  • Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

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