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OPPS: Nature of Light
written by Gayle Kirwin
This is a guide for an introductory workshop on concepts of light, developed to provide K-8 teachers with an inquiry-based learning experience for exploring the behavior of light and how light travels.  The workshops have been discontinued, but teachers may freely download all the materials (including participant worksheets).  The guide is sequenced from very simple to more complex investigations, allowing the user to explore at an individual pace.  A particle model for light is used because the concepts are simpler than those of a wave model.  After completion, it is anticipated that teachers would be better prepared to teach the topic of light, and could adapt most of the experiments for use in their own classrooms.  

This item is part of Operation Primary Physical Science (OPPS), an NSF-funded project to develop inquiry-based science workshops for primary teachers.
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camera, photon model, pinhole camera, shadow formation
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Metadata instance created June 23, 2005 by Bruce Mason
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

Self-Guided Teacher Workshop
Interested in teaching a unit on light and optics, but feeling a bit unprepared?  You will appreciate this first-rate collection of free, inquiry-based investigations developed by Operation Primary Physical Science project for K-8 teachers.  Explore the behavior of light by studying shadow formation, build a pinhole camera and a homemade light bulb, and investigate the photon model of light.  After doing the activities yourself, you will be better prepared to introduce the same concepts in your own classroom. Contact The Physics Front editors for rubrics and assessments with answer keys.

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Kirwin, G. (2000, December 1). OPPS: Nature of Light. Retrieved September 24, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2508&DocID=37
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