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Lights & Sounds    Mystery 2

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What if there were no windows?

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Activity Prep

Get supplies and print handouts.

This mystery includes two activities to get students thinking about light and materials: Seeing & Sorting and Paper Stained Glass.

For Seeing & Sorting, if you have a class of students, break them up into groups of 2 to 4. Each group will need:

  • Printouts of Sorting Sheets
  • An assortment of materials that are transparent, translucent, and opaque. You need a couple of examples from each category. The list below gives you examples of materials that are easy to buy or find:
      • Transparent: clear plastic soda bottles or food containers, colored cellophane, clear report covers or sheet protectors, plastic bags, CD cases
      • Translucent: wax paper, tissue paper, cloudy plastic
      • Opaque: Construction paper in different colors, cardboard, aluminum foil

To prepare for Paper Stained Glass, you will need these supplies:

  • Tissue paper in many colors
  • Flower Shape Sheet — this is optional. You can have students make flowers or let them make patterns of their own.
  • Glad Press n Seal
  • Windows in which you will display student’s artwork

Prepare for class:

For Seeing & Sorting, cut materials up so that each group has samples of all the materials. Materials do not have to be exactly the same size or shape. When you are cutting up flat materials, we suggest making squares measuring about 3”X3” (about 8 cm X 8 cm).

For Paper Stained Glass, you need small squares and long strips of colored tissue paper. Using a paper cutter makes this a quick and easy job. Watch a video on how we do it.

For Paper Stained Glass, each student will need a square of Press n Seal. Watch this video for how we prepare squares for a class.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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More Fun with Paper Stained-Glass

Making paper stained-glass art is even more fun with these additional materials.

  • Cut up colored cellophane (available here). Use it in place of or in addition to tissue paper to make artwork that lets more light through.
  • Add opaque materials cut in interesting shapes. We like using star-shaped stickers to add dark stars to any paper stained glass project.

Ask students why adding these materials changes how their art looks.

You can also make art using a different pattern, such as a heart, a star, or a fish .

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Everyday See-Through Materials

Ask students to find all the places in their lives where see-through materials let light through. Here are some examples.

  • Eyeglasses, binoculars, and telescopes all have clear lenses.
  • Light bulbs, headlights on cars, flashlights, traffic lights, and lanterns all have clear covers over something that’s making light.
  • Bottles and jars are often see through.
  • Water is clear. (If it wasn’t, how would fish see?)
  • Jello is see through, just for fun.

What other examples can you find?

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Online books about light

These online books are on Get Epic! For teachers, registration is free.

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