What if there were no windows?
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Extensions

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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Lesson narration:
Print Prep
Activity Prep

In this lesson, students consider materials from the perspective of how much light they let through. In the activity, Paper Stained Glass, they use these materials to create a work of art.

Preview activity

COVID-19 Adaptations
Teacher demo recommended

Students at home
Turn the sorting activity into a teacher demonstration over video conference where students participate to help sort objects into categories. Extension idea: Propose a scavenger hunt to find more objects that fit into the 3 categories! The Paper Stained Glass activity can be done at home if students have supplies and adult supervision.
Students at school
Turn the sorting activity into a teacher demonstration where students participate by helping to sort objects into categories. The Paper Stained Glass activity can be completed with students working solo in the classroom.
Number of students:
Flower Shape printout 1 per student
Sorting Sheets printout 1 per group
Opaque Materials
Cardboard or aluminum foil.
Details
1 item per group
Translucent Materials
Wax paper, tissue paper, cloudy plastic.
Details
1 item per group
Transparent Materials
Clear bottles or food containers, colored cellophane, clear report covers, plastic bags, CD cases.
Details
1 item per group
Glad Press 'n Seal
12" per student
Various Colors of Tissue Paper
3 sheets per pair
Prep Instructions

For the main activity, Paper Stained Glass, you will need windows so you can display students' artwork.

Prepare Materials for a Short Sorting Exercise

This lesson includes a “Seeing & Sorting” exercise to get students thinking about light and materials before they make their Paper Stained Glass. We recommend you prepare a variety of opaque, translucent, and transparent materials and divide your class into groups of 2 to 4. 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” x 3” (about 8 cm x 8 cm).

Prepare Materials for Paper Stained Glass

Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut tissue paper into small squares and long strips. Watch this video to see how we did it. Watch this video to see how we prepared Press ‘n Seal squares.

Extensions
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