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This Month in the Wonder Ground: Light

Have you ever played shadow tag on a sunny day? Or watched a lightning storm while cuddled up with a friend or pet? Or perhaps you keep a flashlight hidden under the covers so you can read past your bedtime. All of these activities are fun ways to explore and study light from a scientific perspective. The crazy thing is that many of us who use light everyday, kids and adults alike, don’t really take the time to understand what light is. As a result, light is a delightful, fascinating mystery. This month, we are going to get to the bottom of what light is and how it works.

Activity: This was a short week, so we started building a foundation for future activities by reading books and futzing around the buffet of everyday items we’ll be using throughout the month. These include mirrors, flashlights, lenses, kaleidoscopes, and mylar. Below, you will find information about and links to the books we read this week.

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Jennifer Berne and VladimirRadunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

Light Is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer

An introduction to light and how it helps us to see profiles different kinds of light, including sunlight, firelight and electric light, and provides interactive experiments readers can perform at school or at home.

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