Three more labs to study plane, convex and concave mirrors. These labs require very little setup and could be used in centers or stations. The directions are written directly to the students so you don't have to introduce them. They're great additions to a study of light and optics. Each lab includes cards for Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) that can be used in a variety of ways. Each of the three labs is complete in itself and is an extension of the concepts first taught in the activity
Use this to learn and reinforce answers to questions such as:
- How do curved mirrors affect light?
- What type of mirror can make enlarged images?
- How do curved mirrors compare to curved lenses?
Once students try this activity, they can capture their observations using the included Lab Notes or probing questions included in the instructions.
- Concave and convex mirrors will make distinctly different types of images.
- Concave lenses behave like convex mirrors.
- Convex lenses behave like concave mirrors.
Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
Materials Needed Concave and convex mirrors, Concave and convex lenses, Transparent mirror (colored plastic), Pencil, Ruler
Prep Needed Gather supplies.
Teaching Time Three 30 min sessions
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