6 Light Energy Videos for Kids

These light energy videos reinforce basic concepts and support this hands-on science unit. First, kids learn that light travels in a straight line. Second, they explore examples of transparent, translucent, and opaque objects. In the next two videos, students learn about reflection and refraction. Finally, the electromagnetic spectrum is explained. More Science Videos

 

This light energy video shows how light travels.
This light energy video illustrates the difference between objects that are transparent, translucent, and opaque.
Watch this video to learn about light energy.

Review of Light Energy Videos for Kids

  • Light is a form of energy that travels in a straight line.
  • Transparent materials are clear and allow light to pass through them.
  • Translucent materials allow some light to pass through them.
  • Opaque materials do not allow light to pass through them. They are dense, thick, and/or colored.
  • Smooth, dense, shiny objects reflect light.
  • Soft, rough, and/or bumpy objects absorb light.
  • Light can be bent, or refracted. It slows down when it travels from a gas to a liquid and speeds up when it travels from a liquid to a gas. This causes refraction.
  • All colors are present in white light, which can be separated into a rainbow (the visible spectrum).

For Teachers

Are you looking for hands-on light activities for your classroom or homeschool? Try science stations! These light energy videos complement a set of six stations that encourage kids to make generalizations. To round out your unit, add light books, websites, or even a bulletin board.

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