Interactive Whiteboard Activities for Light & Dark

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Interactive Whiteboard Activities for Light & Dark
Teachers connect their laptops to whiteboards. (networking image by Glenn Jenkinson from

Light and dark activities are for children in early elementary grades who are in the 5- to 6-year-old age range. The activities help students learn about light sources and comparison. Students at this age range benefit from light and dark instruction to work on opposite concepts and to identify proper light sources for different choices in their own daily activities.

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A whiteboard is an electronic board used in the classroom. Teachers can use dry-erase markers when presenting a lesson, or they can use a special stylus to highlight key points or drag objects around the board. Teachers have the option to connect their computer to a whiteboard, transforming the whiteboard into a real-time desktop. The interactive whiteboard requires a USB cable connection or Bluetooth technology. Whiteboards are useful for downloading video clips, saving files and playing software to enhance teacher lessons.

Defining Light Sources

BBC Schools offers a light source defining activity for early elementary age students. The teacher helps students identify light sources by looking at various images on the whiteboard. The teacher drags each object to the online room for students to identify if it is a light source. The activity includes a window shade the teacher clicks. A closed shade helps students see which objects are light sources.

Interactive Whiteboard Activities for Light & Dark
Students learn to identify a candle as a light source. (Candle image by Peter Fromme from

Comparing Light Sources

BBC Schools offers an activity where students compare light sources. The activity asks the teacher to click and drag a specific light source into the online room. Then the teacher drags a second object to the room. The closed window shade helps students identify the brighter light source. The activity requires students to use different light sources to see the effect on objects in the online room.

Fact Sheet

BBC Schools has a fact sheet to complement the interactive activity. Teachers can display the fact sheet on the whiteboard as an introduction or a review. The fact sheet covers sources of light, tips, seeing objects and reflection.


BBC Schools offers a quiz for the interactive whiteboard where the lesson is light and dark. The quiz covers shadows, opaque, transparent, translucent, the sun and reflection. The quiz requires teachers to teach the light and dark lesson first. Younger elementary students most likely will need teacher assistance with the quiz. At the end of the quiz, the teacher can click the check score box and discuss the answers. Wrong answers include explanations on why the class answer wasn't the correct one.

The light and dark quiz might challenge younger students.
The light and dark quiz might challenge younger students. (little Einstein 108 image by Paul Moore from

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