After our inquiry walks, we sat down and brainstormed all kinds of questions about the things that interested us. As we shared our thinking, we noticed recurring questions about light, shadows, and color. Since the children were so fascinated by light, shadows, and color we decided to focus our next steps on investigating light because it was the common strand among all three. We found synthetic light sources (flashlights) and investigated how light works. As they went around the classroom they discovered there were 3 types of materials that affected the light path. Integrating their knowledge of art we found that the vocabulary for those were transparent, translucent, and opaque.
Here is what we spent some time investigating. Some students volunteered to share their descriptions of what the class discovered and they practiced their public speaking skills to present it to the elementary school during an assembly:
Our next investigation involves the use of lasers to help us understand how light travels. Come back to our blogs to find out what we discover!