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Optical Illusions and How They Work

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Illusions are what your mind makes them. Learners view several optical illusions. After each illusion the resource describes what is seen and the potential connection to evolution of the brain. Illusions include seeing different objects...
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Seeing is Believing - Or Is It?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Here is a great science lesson. It extends the concept of vision into the area of optical illusions, perspective, and tessellation. This well-designed plan has tons of great activities, utilizes interesting video, and should lead to a...
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The Moon Illusion

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Does the moon change size? It sure looks like it! Two optical illusions are suggested as an explanation: Ebbinghaus and Ponzo. However, there are problems with both of these. Convergence micropsia may answer the question, but many...
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Geometric Optic Spinner

For Teachers K - 5th
Pupils investigate the concept of an optical illusion and how they are used. They conduct an information search of how the eye works. The information is used in order to set the context upon the creation of a personal optical illusion.
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Optical Delusion

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students examine and create a tool that enables them to explore the scientific principle the Moire Effect. Using markers, paper, and scissors, they create an optical illusion that involves superimposing a grid of lines over another...
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Geometric Illusion Banners

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the composition of 3-D optical illusions by analyzing and combining 2-D visual elements graphically in banner form. They dissect the designs to undercover the mathematical elements of the illusion.
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Spinning Disk Illusion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
What the eye perceives can be deceiving. Learners can make a spinner that creates an optical illusion by merging two images. They can experiment with ways to make them in different shapes and styles to get varied results.
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Spinning Disk Illusion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
What the eye perceives can be deceiving. Learners can make a spinner that creates an optical illusion by merging two images. They can experiment with ways to make them in different shapes and styles to get varied results.
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Squirming Palm

For Teachers 4th - 8th
You will need an electric drill and some Velcro™ in order to have this activity available for your class. It is, however, an intriguing display of optical illusion. After watching a spinning disk (provided), viewers look at one of their...
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Optics: Mirrors and Lenses

For Students 9th - 12th
Did you see that or did I imagine it? Optical illusions are often created with mirrors and lenses, and here is a presentation that covers many different types of mirrors and lenses and how they work. Flat, concave, and convex mirrors, as...
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Studying our Senses

For Students 4th - 6th
Who would not want an opportunity to taste jellybeans in class?  During this investigation, life science learners hold their noses as they take a taste test and find that our perception of flavor is connected with our sense of smell. In...
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Engineering an Empire - Greece, Part 5/5

For Teachers 6th - 12th
"There are no straight lines in the Parthenon." The series concludes with a look at the optical illusions involved in the engineering of the Parthenon. Mixing animated images and current video, the producers bring alive this famous...
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Mysterious Appearing Colors

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Experiment with light and color using the activity from this film. Learners can make their own spinning discs to demonstrate the principles. This is a hands on way to explore color and optical illusion. As an added bonus, your scientists...
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Mysterious Appearing Colors

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Experiment with light and color using the activity from this film. Learners can make their own spinning discs to demonstrate the principles. This is a hands on way to explore color and optical illusion. As an added bonus, your scientists...
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Depth Spinner

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Put a new twist on your collection of optical illusion activities. Affix the linked printable spiral to a drill, record player, or some other rotating tool. Have learners stare at the spinning disk for only 15 seconds and then look away....
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Optical Illusions

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students view, identify, and construct four optical illusions. In this optical illusions lesson, students are introduced to four types of optical illusions. They construct their own illusions.
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Optical Illusion Vase

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners draw an optical illusion. In this optical illusion lesson, students create the optical illusion vase. Learners draw a profile and repeat the drawing in reverse creating the vase image.
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Optical Illusions

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate optical illusions. In this optical illusions lesson, students explore perception. Students analyze optical illusions and determine common misconceptions.
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What Color Is The Moon?

For Students 6th - 12th
Is the entire moon an optical illusion? We know it exists, but do we really know what color it is? The video explains what color we perceive the moon to be and its actual color. 
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Op Art Shapes

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Op art is fun to look at, and it's fun to make. Kids learn about the origins of op art and the op art master, M.C. Escher. They view simple to complex examples of op art to see how it works and then create an optical piece of their own....
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Using Optical Illusion Brain Teasers Add a Twist to Math and Science

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Optical illusion activities can provide a motivating way for students to explore math and science concepts.
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Georges Melies—Master of Illusion

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The focus of a playlist on the history of film shifts from the development of early film technology to techniques used by filmmakers like Georges Melies. Melies, a former magician, used dazzling illusions and tricky editing to create...
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Applied Science - Science and Math Post-Lab

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Learners explore optical illusions. In this Applied Science lesson, students view optical illusions and record the data of what they see. Learners graph the data that they collect.
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How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What have our eyes and brains evolved to see? Discover the way our photo receptors and brains assemble visual information into the three-dimensional world we see around us.

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