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Light Study

February 3, 2021 | Bridget O'Dowd

We are deep in our study of light now. We began a few weeks ago by thinking about what we already know about light and doing research using the books in our classroom library.  

Here are some of the thoughts the kindergarten students had about light before our study: 

Light has different colors. -Trixie

It helps you to see in the dark. -Adriana 

Light can look different. -Chryssa

It is bright. -Eliza

Light can shine through glass. -Siddharth

It stops darkness. -Devin

Traffic lights have 3 colors of lights. -Devin

The sun is a bright light. -Lucien

Light comes from energy. -Preston

Light can be bright. -Nariah

Street lights helped me see light on the snow. -Abby 

We can’t see each other, we see the light. -Solymar

The sun is the brightest star.  -Ezra

Light is hot. – SophiAna

Energy and wind can make electricity. -Annika 

Windmills can create electricity and light. -Cole

Light can spread. -Elli

Light switches turn light on and off. -Jacob

Light bulbs give off light. -Leo

Here are some questions we have about light that we are hoping to learn during our study: 
What is light made of? -Eliza
Is light as fast as a cheetah? -Adriana 
How does light move? -Chryssa
Is light in electricity?- Trixie
Why do scientists use light years? -Siddharth 
Where does light come from? -SophiAna
Is light faster than sound? -Ezra
How strong is light? -Abby
What is inside light? -Lucien 
How do batteries work? -Solymar
How do light bulbs have light? -Trixie
How are wires used for light? –
What is electricity made of? -Jacob
Is light powerful? -Annika
How do flashlights work? -Luke
Is light hotter than the sun? -Cole
What is light made of? -Elli
Is light strong or not strong? -Nariah
Is there anything brighter than the sun? -Preston
How do light switches turn on and off? -Devin
Is light a tiny sun? -Adriana

In the Studio, the children have been exploring light in many ways. 

In sculpture, children have chosen their own light source to sculpt. 

In drama, children have been using their bodies, a light, and a screen to explore light. They have used their bodies to create shadows, built structures with interesting shadows, and no using shadow puppet vehicles to tell stories! 

The light table has been to place to explore how light shines through objects. We’ve been using this light table with translucent shapes for building and observing how light travels through materials. We just learned the words opaque, translucent, and transparent. We’re trying to sort our objects in each of these categories! 

In the classroom, children have been trying to create a circuit to turn on a light with our snap circuits. They have been using the light bright to create designs. They have also explored how to make light bounce, reflection, or light to bend, refraction!  

We love when children share their own light sources! They are welcome to continue to bring in sources of light to share and if they’d like, can leave them on our display shelf during our study!

Bridget O'Dowd

Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.

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