Light Reflection and Refraction

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10543

What happens when you shine a flashlight at a mirror? Find out in this lesson! You'll perform other fun experiments and complete an online activity. You'll even go on a treasure hunt for light!


Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Light can do many things, but did you know that it can bend and bounce?

You know all about light because you see it every day and all the time!

Light always travels in a straight line until something gets in its way. It can travel straight through some materials but not all.

A shadow is formed when the light cannot travel through a material, like wood for example!

  • Did you know that light can also reflect (bounce off) and refract (bend) when it runs into certain materials?

Let's learn what reflection and refraction of light are!

First, watch What is refraction of light - Optics for kids from MakeMeGeniusIndia:

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The refraction of light is when light bends when it passes from one medium, like water, to another medium.


Now, let's learn about the reflection of light.

Watch What is reflection of light - Science for Kids from MakeMeGeniusIndia:

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Reflection of light is when light bounces off of something that we can see with our eyes.

In the image below, you can see the reflection of a person's hand on the water:


Now, take this quiz!

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