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Activity

Mirror writing and drawing

Summary: 
Write your name or draw your way through a maze while looking in a mirror.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Light and Sound (1)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • Small mirror
  • Paper and pencil
  • Box lid or other barrier to block view of paper
Procedure: 

For writing:
Write your name backwards. Use a mirror to see if it reads correctly.
Is it harder to look in the mirror while you are writing?
Write a secret message to a partner. They can use the mirror to decipher it.

For drawing through a maze:
Lay the paper between the mirror and the barrier, so the maze can only be seen in the mirror.
Draw a way through the maze while looking at it in the mirror.
Make up your own maze to try.

Discussion of how the image is reversed in terms of light bouncing off the mirror.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City