More Than Meets the Eye

by: Tom John Brown, Susie Throop, and Ladep Timku

On a partly sunny afternoon, a fourth-grade class at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics in Marietta, Georgia, was gearing up to explore key concepts regarding the nature of light. Armed with translucent beads and white pipe cleaners, the classroom teacher asked each student to count eight beads and then encouraged them to closely observe the beads and “look at them like a scientist.” In this article, the authors’ share what happened next as students determined what was special about these beads and explored light through a guided inquiry.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 12/1/2009Stock # sc09_047_04_28Volume 047Issue 04

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