Week Nine Science Lessons: Light

Grade 5 Science

Week Nine Lessons

This week we will be continuing the Force, Motion, and Energy Unit. We will be exploring the properties of light this week!  Science is always fun when kids get to play with flashlights! Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I  hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

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TEKS/ Standards:

(C)  demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels through one medium to another and demonstrate that light can be reflected such as the use of mirrors or other shiny surfaces and refracted such as the appearance of an object when observed through water; and Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can demonstrate how light travels.

Essential Questions:

Monday – Where can you find light in a classroom?

Tuesday – What happens when light hits a substance and changes direction?

Wednesday – How does light allow you to see your reflection in a mirror?

Thursday – How does light create a rainbow?

Friday – How is light related to electricity?

Word Wall Words:



Light Energy

Lesson Ideas and Materials:


Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Light

Force, Motion, and Energy Anchor Charts

Physical Science Vocabulary

Lesson Ideas:

(M) Complete the Flashlight Scavenger Hunt and share findings as a class. Introduce Word Wall Words for the Week and ask students what they think it means. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Light.

Light Refraction IMG_2592

(T) Students will read an informational text about the states of matter and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Light.

(W) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Light. Complete Light diagram and the How Light Travels Test Stations in the notebook. –Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook

Light interactive science notebook activity isn

(Th) Exploring the Properties of Light Stations lab day! –Science and Literacy Light

(F) Using a book called “Physics” by Basher Books for the read aloud, read the Light page and allow the students to make their own character for one of the word wall words for this week. Complete the Light Anchor Chart for s a  classroom poster-  Force, Motion, and Energy Anchor Charts. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

Light connecting literacy with science ( basher books)

Lesson Notes:

Science Starters (Science and Literacy Light) and Science Wall (Science Wall) to start each day.

During extra class time, complete the Physical Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for matter and energy so far.

2nd Grade Force Motion and Energy Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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