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This resource is a standards-based curricular unit for grades 7-8 designed to introduce students to the composition of light.  It includes detailed lesson plans for eight classroom activities in which students build their own spectroscopes, gather data about light sources, analyze patterns and fingerprints, learn to read light intensity graphs, and use data they collect online to explore Saturn and Titan.  Each lesson contains worksheets, warm-up questions, vocabulary lists, safety guidelines, and assessments.  

This resource is part of the TeachEngineering digital library, which provides teacher-tested lessons designed to connect real-world experiences with curricular content in the K-12 science/math classroom.
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Astronomy
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= Spectra
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= Inquiry Learning
Electricity & Magnetism
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= Electromagnetic Spectrum
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color spectrum, electromagnetic spectroscopy, experiential learning, instructional unit, lab, lesson plan, middle school lab, optical instruments, rainbow, spectra, spectrograph, spectroscopy
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Microscopy and Optical Devices

Curriculum Unit                                                                        Grades 7-8
A spectrograph is an instrument that separates an incoming light beam into a frequency spectrum that appears like a rainbow of color.  Early spectroscopes were simply prisms, but modern ones generally use diffraction gratings to separate the light into frequency bands.  In this curriculum unit, students build their own "fancy" spectrograph, learn to read light intensity graphs, and then use the data they collect online to explore Saturn and Titan.  Worksheets and tests included.  May be taught as a short module or as a two-week unit.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Radiation and the Spectrum

Curriculum Unit                                                                  Grades 7-8
A spectrograph is an instrument that separates an incoming light beam into a frequency spectrum that appears like a rainbow of color.  Early spectroscopes were simply prisms, but modern ones generally use diffraction gratings to separate the light into frequency bands.  In this curriculum unit, students build their own "fancy" spectrograph, learn to read light intensity graphs, and then use the data they collect online to explore Saturn and Titan.  Worksheets and tests included.  May be taught as a short module or as a two-week unit.

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