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1st Grade

Waves: Light and Sound

Changing Sounds

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Sources of Light

Help Molly escape the spooky mansion by choosing the sources of light, switching on the sources of light, recognizing multiple sources of light, and learning about shadows!

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See Things

Students manipulate light as they experiment with mirrors in guided tasks to illuminate various items! Not only is this a great learning tool for how mirrors can be used to redirect a light beam, how light travels from place to place, shadows, and illumination.


Light Shadows

Determine what makes the best shadows with various objects and learn about shadows in this responsive simulation! Students evaluate how shadows are effected by changing the distance, angle, and intensity of the light source. This amazing resource even takes students outside to see how the sun casts shadows of objects on the ground at different times!

Light Dark

This great interactive site allows students to test different objects to see which give out light, learn what makes a light source, and compare brightness of different objects. Students apply their knowledge as they answer critical thinking questions like “Does the reflective strip give out light? Why do cyclists use reflective strips?”
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  • Sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound. (1-PS4-1)
  • 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. (Boundary: The idea that light travels from place to place is developed through experiences with light sources, mirrors, and shadows, but no attempt is made to discuss the speed of light.) (1-PS4-3)
  • Objects can be seen if light is available to illuminate them or if they give off their own light. (1-PS4-2)
  •  People also use a variety of devices to communicate (send and receive information) over long distances. (1-PS4-4)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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