LIGHTS AND SHADOWS“LIGHT IS ALL AROUND US AND WE USE IT IN MANY WAYS”Class Tiger AssessmentOctober 24th to December 14th 2011
Week 1: Pre AssessmentTask: During carpet time, the teacher read the nonfiction book titled, “Day Light, Night Light”. After reading, thechildren discussed what they learned from the book. They were guided to focus on the concept, “LIGHT”. What do Tigers know about light? Dinosaurs have light in their eyes. No, dinosaur don’t make light. Moon can make light. My house has lots of lights. Star makes lights. My watch makes lights. Look. Our TV has lights. When it’s dark, my mummy turns on the lights. I have a turtle light. They flash in the night.
Week 2:What light sources do I know?Task: We reviewed the book, “Day Light, Night Light”, focusing on “things” (sources) that give off light. We learned that some sourcesof light are the sun, moon, flashlight, bulb, torch, etc. The children then were asked to draw pictures of things that give off light.
What “Light” can do?Task:Every week, The Tigers experimented and explored different activity to test how we use light:1. Dark Room Activity2. Transparency Activity3. Me and my shadow4. Light Hunt5. Mirror Activity
Week 3: Make a Dark Room ActivityTask: The Tigers helped their teachers make caves using tables and chairs. The studentinquiries were documented during small group discussions. They were asked about theirexperienced the dark corner area.
Questions:How did you feel playing in thedark room area? I don’t want to go inside. I want to use all the light under this. We need batteries for our flashlight, Ms. Jai I like to see my hand shadow. I like talking to Marianne there.
What happens if there is no light?Task: Tigers arrived one morning wondering, “Ms. Jai, what is happening? Why it’s so dark? The Tigers were guided toanswer a questions “What if there is no light?”. They were asked to draw their experience. (November 11, 2011) “This house has “The sun will “This is me. The moon go down and it no light. The fly with no light and the will be night will fly away.” sun was covered by time and then the cloud. The rain we go home to falls on the ground. I sleep.” “This is machine. get wet.” The pink one is “This house is the orange juice. no light then The green the house “The fire are machine is the light is falling down and light” broken” only the rain is everywhere. The “ You cannot see a sun and the light flower. A sun. I and the moon and “When it’s dark can’t see a the star fall my mummy can butterfly because down.” beat my sister they turn off the because she is light. not good”
Week 4: Transparency EffectTask: Tigers collected different objects from home- watches, torch, plastic rake, sticker, teddy bear etc.They used the OHP over head projector to see if they can see the light through the object. They made andcame up with different hand shadows.
Week 5: Shadows Task: One sunny afternoon, we went out and look for our shadows. We traced our shadows and squirmed to find out how shadows are formed. Shadows are formed when opaque objects come between a light source and the ground. The relative position of the sun or light source affects the direction of the shadows it forms.
Week 6: Go on a Light HuntTask: The Tigers wanted to know who uses light in the school. We went around and check who uses light inthe school. We took photos of light around the school ground. So many lights here. They are all using lights.
Why do we need light? We need light to see things. We have light so it is bright. We have light so we can eat. Our eyes can not see any more.
Reflections Class Tigers enjoyed this Unit of Inquiry . Tigers were proven to be communicator and were able to express their thoughts and ideas how important is the light. They were given enough opportunities to reflect and discover on how lights behaves in different experiments and situations. They were all inquirers, willing to follow and showed interest in almost all activity.