Light and Shadows - Lesson 5 | Optical Devices

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The Optical Devices 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, in this lesson students will learn how lenses can be used to create optical devices with different functions by examining a microscope and telescope. Students can then make their own optical devices using various lenses.

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
  • Understand how light travels through different mediums
  • Use and describe various optical devices

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Background information
  • Instructions
  • Student worksheet
  • Small eye chart (1 per group)
  • Large eye chart (1 per group)

Additional resources required:

  • Microscope (1 per group)
  • Telescope (1 per group)
  • Plano-concave lenses - concave on one side, flat on the other side (1 per group)
  • 2 biconvex lenses - convex on both sides (Per group)