Day 29: Optics Beginning

Monday, 28 September 2015

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Step 1: group the kids for the new unit. I have tables of 4 desks each and would love to hear your ideas for further grouping strategies. I gave out cards that read fly, spider, cat, dog. Kids had to figure out the grouping strategy. Not as good as Frank’s subversive lab groupings, I gotta say.

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Step 2: leave out a mixture of concave and convex mirrors and lenses. Ask the kids to describe similarities and differences. Notice that the concave mirrors magnify when you’re all up in them. Take photos and share the funny:

This felt like a great inquiry start to the unit which is mostly optics. Kids asked a number of questions that got us talking about stuff we’ll learn over the next few weeks.

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