Sunday, October 3, 2010

Near and Far

Students learned to compare objects and how they look when they are near and far. We began this unit by observing two objects up close and then the same two objects very far away. Students also looked at pictures of a cruise ship at port and the same cruise ship sailing at sea. One misconception that we reminded students was that the objects were NOT actually getting smaller, they just appeared to be smaller. Another day, students wrote their names really big on a piece of paper and talked about their observations. Students compared this with how their name looked under a magnifying glass. This served as a great hands on way for students to see that the magnifying glass made the letters appear bigger and only showed part of their name. . We extended this learning to our next science unit by making the connection of the sun and moon appearing small in the sky because it is so far away!

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