Nature of Light: Unit-Grades 7-8
(3 resources, 6 subfolders
This is a 7-day model unit that explores fundamental properties of light in a multimedia approach. It draws upon recent education research on adolescents' understanding of light, which indicates that middle school students have very little comprehension of the nature of light and multiple firmly-held misconceptions about the topic. The research recommends teaching about light and the electromagnetic spectrum before teaching about vision, color, or lenses. In this unit, students discover that light is much more than what we perceive with our eyes; it is part of a huge spectrum that includes UV, infrared, x-ray, radio waves, and gamma rays. They will get hands-on exposure to reflection, refraction, diffraction, and more.
SEE FOLDERS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE for day-by-day lesson plans, data sheets, warm-up questions, and assessments.