Light and Shadows - Lesson 1 | Introduction

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The Light and Shadows Introduction activity can also be found within the Light and Shadows - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Light and Shadows bundle here.

Ideal for grades 4-5, the opening lesson introduces students to Leonardo Da Vinci as an engineer, scientist, and architect, and highlights his work with light and shadows. Students will understand some of the engineering feats accomplished by Da Vinci, and be introduced to key concepts for light and shadow.

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Understand that light can be reflected, absorbed, and refracted
  • Define reflection, refraction and absorption of light

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Leonardo Da Vinci poster
  • Vocabulary cards

Additional resources required:

  • Smartboard or projector
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Plain letter sized paper
  • Pencils and/or pencil crayons