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Lesson Plan Template ED 3501 (Version C)

Lesson Title/

Light and light Safety


November 17th 2015


Science Grade 4


34 Minutes


Lights and Shadows


Miss Cariolato



General Outcome 4-9: Identify sources of light, describe the interaction of light with different materials,
and infer the pathway of a light beam.
1. Recognize that eyes can be damaged by bright lights and that one should not look at the Suneither
directly or with binoculars or telescopes.
2. Identify a wide range of sources of light, including the Sun, various forms of electric lights, flames,
and materials that glow (luminescent materials).
3. Distinguish objects that emit their own light from those that require an external source of light in order
to be seen.

Students will:
- Underline why looking at the sun will slowly deteriorate your eyes.
- Explain how different parts of the eye work and how light is related to each part.
- Identify the difference between objects that emit light and objects that reflect light
- Locate the blind spot that is in their eye.

Students are copying down for themselves the definitions of different parts of the eye.
Students are engaged in answering questions throughout the lesson.

Key Questions:

What is the difference between emit and reflect?

What is the difference between natural light and artificial light?
Does the moon reflect light or emit light?


Students will know several examples of what objects give off natural light and what
objects give of artificial light


Alberta Program of studies


Light and shadows blank note page
Blind spot worksheet
Light Review worksheet

Prior to lesson

Organize worksheets and have them ready to be handed out to each student.

Attention Grabber


Explain to students that by looking at the sun can damage their eyes?
Ask the students What is the only way to view the sun safely?
The answer is though welders glass. This stuff is strong enough to look directly
at the sun and have no damage on your eyes.

3 Minutes

Assessment of Prior

Students will have seen and have been exposed to different types of light
throughout their life.

Transition to Body

Handout the worksheets to all students explaining the order that they go in.

1 Minute

Adapted from a template created by Dr. K. Roscoe

Lesson Plan Template ED 3501 (Version C)

Learning Activity #1


Review the eye with the students. have students explain what each part means:
(the teacher will write the answers on the board for the students to copy down
on the lights and shadows notes page)
Pupil: This is where light enters your eye.
Iris: Colour of the iris gives the eye its colour. It controls the size of the pupil
and the amount of light reaching the retina

10 Minutes

Retina: The purpose is to receive light that the lens has, convert the light into
neural signals, and send these signals on to the brain.
Lens: helps focus the light onto your retina
Optic nerve: connects the eye to the brain
Teacher Notes: Assessments/

Learning Activity #2

Teacher Notes: Assessments/


Formative assessment:
- Ensure all students are writing these notes down in their books are these are
very important for the unit test at the end
- Get students to answer what they think the word means before the teacher
writes it on the board.

My What Nice Eyes You Have and a Blind Spot worksheet

- The teacher will go over the beginning of the worksheet with them
- Students will be given 5 or so minutes to work in their groups to locate their
own blind spot on their own time

8 Minutes

- Ensure all students are focused and on task.

- Encourage students to try it with their opposite eye. Is the blind spot at the
same distance on each eye?

Learning Activity #3

Light Review Worksheet

- Go over the worksheet as a class up to the question part
- Explain another word for luminous is Emit
- Explain another word for illuminated is reflect

5 Minutes

5 Minutes

Have students answer the question on their own (have less than 2 minutes to do
- Take up some answers with the class of what they thought and why
Teacher Notes: Assessments/

Discuss answers with the class


Consolidation of Learning:

- Students are coping down for themselves the definitions of different parts
of the eye. They are learning for themselves.

- By completing worksheets, this builds muscle and short term memory

Feedback To Students

What is another name for artificial light? Man-made light)

Transition To Next Lesson

Students will explore more thoroughly on distinguishing objects that emit

their own light from those that require an external source of light in order to
be seen.

Sponge Activity/Activities


1 Minute
1 Minute

Students can name 5 Emitters of light.

Students can name 5 reflectors of light.
Breaking up emitters: What about 5 natural and 5 artificial examples of light?

Adapted from a template created by Dr. K. Roscoe

Lesson Plan Template ED 3501 (Version C)

Reflections from the lesson

Adapted from a template created by Dr. K. Roscoe