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
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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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 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?

Watch Light Absorption, Reflection, & Refraction (Scholastic Study Jams) to learn about reflection and refraction. Then take the quiz at the end!

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