Nature-Watch activity kits are the anchors of our catalog. Each kit is developed with a hands-on, take home activity to reinforce the learning experience. Our Make Your Own Monocular Activity Kit is a perfect example of how we make learning about nature and science so much fun!
Participants "make and take" a real, easy to assemble monocular with 3x magnification! Children simply glue the ocular and objective lenses to each end of the tube. Younger children (ages 4-8) will paint and decorate their monocular tube while older children (ages 8 and up) will color-in and attach a diagram illustrating the physics of magnification (simplified for kids.) When they head outside for a nature walk with their monocular in hand, children will be delighted as birds, trees and butterflies seem to leap out from the background right before their eyes!
Our exclusive activity guide provides all of the information needed to teach children the basics of magnification - even if the instructor has no previous knowledge on this subject. A great project for kids ages 4 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Create an actual working monocular.
- Discover the properties of light that allow lenses to work.
- Take a Nature Walk and allow participants to observe their environment through their monoculars.
- Monocular tubes, lenses, other materials to make your monoculars.
- A diagram showing how light travels through the monocular.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for activities, games and relevant projects. Also includes a reproducible worksheet for your participants.
- The only materials you supply are markers or paint.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.1, NS.K-4.2, NS.5-8.2 Science as Inquiry, Physical Sciences.
Content Standard A: Understanding about Scientific Inquiry (K-4)
Simple instruments, such as magnifiers, provide more information than scientists obtain using only their senses.
Content Standard B: Light, Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism (K-4)
Light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object. Light can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens, or absorbed by the object.
Content Standard B: Transfer of Energy (5-8)
Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). To see an object, light from that object—emitted by or scattered from it—must enter the eye.
Specific (California standards):
(3.2b) Students know light is reflected from mirrors and other surfaces.
(7.6d) Students know how simple lenses are used in a magnifying glass, the eye, a camera, a telescope, and a microscope.
(7.6f) Students know light can be reflected, refracted, transmitted, and absorbed by matter.