Light and the Eye
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 2

Find out how the human eye works, why we see colors best during the daytime, and why the sky appears blue! You'll also explore how animals' eyes are different from our own and build a tool that uses lenses to change how or what we see.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 semester 2 science units require materials from the Semester 2 Science Kit.
$110.00 #817 Age 11-13 - Semester 2 - Science Kit


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Lines of Light
  • Lesson 2: Translucence and Shadow (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Refraction and Lenses (3 Days)
  • Lesson 4: How Human Eyes Work (3 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Animal Eyes
  • Lesson 6: Color and Perception (3 Days)
  • Final Project: Tools of the Eye (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the physical interactions of light and matter as they relate to the form and function of the human eye. (Science)
  • Analyze the physical interactions of light and matter, including absorption, scattering, and color perception. (Science)
  • Identify responses in organisms to external stimuli found in the environment such as the presence or absence of light. (Science)
  • Know how simple lenses are used in a magnifying glass, the eye, a camera, a telescope, and a microscope. (Science)
  • Know that for an object to be seen, light emitted by or scattered from it must be detected by the eye. (Science)
  • Know that light can be reflected, refracted, transmitted, and absorbed by matter. (Science)
  • Know that light travels in straight lines if the medium it travels through does not change. (Science)
  • Know that the angle of reflection of a light beam is equal to the angle of incidence. (Science)
  • Know that visible light is a small band within a very broad electromagnetic spectrum. (Science)
  • Know that white light is a mixture of many wavelengths and that retinal cells react differently to different wavelengths. (Science)
  • Understand how to relate the structures of the eye to its functions. (Science)
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