Mirrors and Magnifiers

The Teaching Primary Science book Mirrors and magnifiers describes activities which can be carried using these materials at any age. The book pays attention to problems such as holding mirrors upright and choosing and using hand lenses. Teaching methods are discussed and there is reference to learning objectives selected from those set out in the Science 5/13 units. The book suggests that towards the end of primary school children should be able to understand that images are formed by light bounding off the surface of a mirror. In the case of magnifiers children may only find out what happens, leaving understanding of how for later work at the secondary level.

Contents
1. Why mirrors?
2. Materials and organization
3. Science from one flat mirror
4. Workcards
5. Two flat (plane) mirrors
6. Objectives
7. What do mirrors do?
8. The image you see in the mirror
9. Vocabulary
10. Reflection
11. looking at curved mirrors
12. Magnifiers
13. Magnifiers: extension ideas
14. Explanation and summary
Bibliography
Index

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