Light It Up!

The purpose of this unit is for students to understand the nature of light through the means of self-exploration. The unit that was implemented consisted of eight lessons and capped with a culminating performance task. The unit was taught using an inquiry-based model. The unit is grounded in the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Each lesson of the unit targets a different component of understanding light (i.e. light can only travel straight, mirrors, reflection.)
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)

Next steps would work with HECO to see if they have any classroom programs.

Essential Question

What is light and what does it do?

Enduring Understanding

  • Objects can be seen if they are illuminated by light or produce their own light.
  • Different materials allow a certain amount of light through creating shadows, fully illuminated objects, or a partially illuminated object.
  • Light can be used as a form of communication.


Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content English Language Arts, Math, Science, Special Education