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This is a beginning tutorial on the electromagnetic spectrum, appropriate for middle school students.  It was developed by the Imagine the Universe project through NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  It contains readable explanations of each type of radiation on the EM spectrum, a short quiz, and related "Cool Facts".  It was designed to supplement lesson plans and activities created by the same team.  See Related items below for links to lesson plans and other resources.  

This item is part of a larger collection of K-12 resources created by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center for NASA.
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Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Properties of Light
= Spectra
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Tutorial
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behavior of light, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, frequency, middle school tutorial, tutorial, wavelength
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Metadata instance created September 24, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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Topic: Astronomy
Unit Title: Astronomy Resources for the K-8 Classroom

A fun and readable tutorial on the electromagnetic spectrum appropriate for middle school students.  It was also developed by the Imagine the Universe project through NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  Try using this with the lesson plan above:  "What's The Frequency, Roy B. Giv?"

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J. Lochner, (1999), WWW Document, (http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html).
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J. Lochner, Imagine the Universe: Electromagnetic Spectrum - Introduction (1999), <http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html>.
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Lochner, J. (2008, August 22). Imagine the Universe: Electromagnetic Spectrum - Introduction. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html
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Lochner, Jim. Imagine the Universe: Electromagnetic Spectrum - Introduction. August 22, 2008. http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html (accessed 17 April 2014).
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Lochner, Jim. Imagine the Universe: Electromagnetic Spectrum - Introduction. 1999. 22 Aug. 2008. 17 Apr. 2014 <http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html>.
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Supplements Imagine the Universe! Lesson Plans

A set of ten standards-aligned lesson plans developed for grades 7-12 on space science and the evolution of the universe.  Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, satellite image data analysis, the origin of the elements, supernovae, and gamma-ray bursts.  Printable student guides and assessments are included.

relation by Caroline Hall
Supplements Imagine the Universe Lesson Plan: Roy G. Biv: The Relationship between Frequency and Wavelength

This is the related middle school lesson plan designed to be used this particular tutorial.  Students use common items to create their own electromagnetic spectrum table.

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