Grades: 1 to 6
Duration: 1/2 Hour – 1 Hour
Supplies: 1 Reflect View, 1 Lazr finger, ruler, mirror
We’re going to use the Reflect View to reflect pictures and words, and see for ourselves how virtual images work!
Let’s get started! Write your name in the blank slot on the worksheet.
Download the attached PDF for student worksheets and detailed information on the concepts in this lesson.
Place the Reflect View on the dotted line. Make sure the stand is facing upwards and the beveled (stepped) edge is facing towards the image.
Lean slightly to the left, until the star on the right matches up with the reflection of the one of the left.
Reach your arm around to the right hand side and trace the reflections you see on the Reflect View onto the paper.
What do you notice about the words/images on the right hand side?
Measure the distance between each matching word or picture and the dotted line.
What does this tell us about virtual images?
Fold the paper in half along the dotted line. Holding the folded paper up, shine the light of the Light Blox against the back of the paper, towards you. You should see both halves of the paper at once now.
What do you notice about the words/images on both halves? Do they match up? Don’t they?
Unfold the paper and stand in front of the mirror, holding the paper in front of you. Observe the worksheet’s reflection in the mirror.
What do you notice about the words on the right hand side/traced side?
Draw your own picture in the box. Use what you have learned about reflection and inversion to have some fun!