Explore Reflection with the Reflect View
Demonstrate the concept of reflection and the formation of virtual images by drawing mirror images with the Reflect View.
Grades: 1 to 6
Duration: 1/2 Hour – 1 Hour
Supplies: 1 Reflect View, 1 Lazr finger, ruler, mirror
NGSS Connections PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
- Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light (1-PS4-3)
- Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through and others block all the light and create a dark shadow on any surface beyond them, where the light cannot reach. Mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam. (1-PS4-3)
- Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen. (4-PS4-2)
- An object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes (4-PS4-2)
- Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed or transmitted through various materials.
- When light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed or transmitted through the object, depending on the object’s material and the frequency (color) of the light. (MS-PS4-2)
Reflect View 10 pack
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.
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!