4th Grade Science Studies Light, Color, & Refraction by Making Kaleidoscopes
4th grade scientists continue their study of light and color remote learning! When they started their exploration of refraction—or the bending of light as it moves through different materials—3rd and 4th grade science teacher Ms. Jones couldn't think of a better way to kick off this unit than by having the students make a kaleidoscope!
"Kaleidoscopes are so fun to play with and there are so many different ways they turn out. There are lots of opportunities for student input and choice," said Ms. Jones.
Students also learned how to transform an obstacle into an opportunity as they got creative and foraged for items to build their kaleidoscopes from around their homes. "I asked them to take pictures or send in a video of how they problem solved, and it is clear that there was so much great problem solving happening through this project," shares Ms. Jones.
At Hillbrook, teachers often offer a variety of materials and choices to students as they pursue projects and complete work throughout the year. This is a wonderful way to see a Hillbrook classroom practice put to use in our remote learning space!
Here are some examples of student work:
Bailey shares the process of creating her kaleidoscope and her project with Ms. Jones and her classmates.