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Lesson Plans

Re: Kaleidoscopes!

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Lily Kerns (cwkerns)
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 19:20:38 -0600

Hi, I'm a student teacher developing a lesson about kaleidoscopes for my
internship. The lesson will be geared mostly toward kids of all ages. I
need some topic ideas and some hands-on activities as well as info on
possibly light, colors and mirrors and whatever else might be important to
include. I will have the children make their own kaleidoscopes and already
have some instructions to do so. Any information and ideas would be
greatly appreciated and very helpful as I have very little to start with.
Thanks!!! Allison

I'm sure you will all enjoy the project! Here's a few miscellaneous

Sir David Brewster who invented the kaleidoscope in 1817 was also the first
to put together the circular color wheel...

You might want to consider using mylar instead of glass mirrors. Glue it to
the three cardboard panels to make the body of the kaleidoscope.

Insert the Mylar in a tube or use a Plexiglas tube with a lightproof outer
covering for a very different kind of image. (Image chamber not
required--use as a teleidoscope.)

Pinwheels fastened to the side can make an interesting object.

Purchase three cheap closet door mirrors and tape edges together.
Photograph faces through the "kaleidoscope"--experiment first for needed
lighting and settings. Makes a great carnival or science fair attraction.

Experiment with tapered sections rather than rectangular. See which end
you prefer to look through.

Group two or more bodies to be viewed at the same time.

This is my favorite interactive image site--It's worth upgrading to a Java
friendly browser just for this site....

More images--

Kaleidoscopes as HS design and technology projects

Kaleidoscope show

Kaleidoscope Heaven

Virtual Kaleidoscope

The Kaleidoscope collector

Kaatskill Kaleidoscope (world's largest)

Let us know how the project works out for you.