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How Would You Design a Lighthouse?

How Would You Design a Lighthouse?

In this activity, students read about two problems encountered by ships at sea. They read about how lighthouses can solve those problems. The compare different lighthouse pictures and identify common parts of lighthouses. They look at the patterns on lighthouse towers, learn why there are many different ones used, and draw their own unique lighthouse pattern. They design a lighthouse model, then build one using materials found around the house. This activity is adapted from a grade 1 physical science module in Smithsonian Science for the Classroom.
 
Resources to support this activity are below.

Smithsonian Science Stories: Shining the Light (English)

This book is appropriate for grade 1 readers in English.
https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/ShiningLightOGR/preview

Smithsonian Science Stories: Shining the Light (Spanish)

This book is appropriate for grade 1 readers in Spanish.
https://carolinascienceonline.com/#/resource/ShiningLightSP/preview

Lighthouse Map

This webpage has more information about the lighthouses pictured in “Shining the Light.”
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/282a2106dcd447f991f47d8a92d9b43b

How Can I Win a Game of Flashlight Tag?

This activity allows students to investigate how light interacts with different materials.
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Lighthouse Sheet

Lighthouse drawing sheets.
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