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This item is a standards-based lesson plan for grades 6-8 on light and the electromagnetic spectrum.  It provides an "e-worksheet" for student use as they explore a 3-part interactive web site.  The first exploration introduces them to the idea that all light travels as waves, and that wavelength defines the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The second takes them through each band of the spectrum, with a focus on visible light.  In the third investigation, users do simple calculations relating to wavelength and amplitude.  Included are procedures to seamlessly incorporate hands-on activities with Slinky toys and prisms to augment the interactive web materials.  Assessments with answer keys are also provided.  Allow two days with a third day for review.

This item is part of a larger collection of lessons, all of which are aligned with specific AAAS Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
Optics
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amplitude, electromagnetic radiation, frequency, light, light waves, middle school lesson plans, optics, spectrum, standards-based lessons, wave amplitude, wavelength
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NSES Content Standards

Con.A: Science as Inquiry
  • K-4: Understandings about Scientific Inquiry
Con.B: Physical Science
  • K-4: Properties of Objects & Materials
  • 5-8: Transfer of Energy

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

Web-Based Lesson: Two-days                                                            Grades 6-8
Are you fearful that your students cannot comprehend electromagnetic radiation and how light travels?  Have a look at this innovative lesson plan, created by the group that designed the Benchmarks for Science Literacy.  Students use an "e-sheet" to guide them through a web-based investigation of the behavior of light and introduce them to the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The lesson was designed to help middle school students understand that light travels as a wave, and that visible light is only a small part of a very large spectrum.

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

Web-Based Lesson: Two-days                                                            Grades 6-8
Are you fearful that your students cannot comprehend electromagnetic radiation and how light travels?  Have a look at this innovative lesson plan, created by the group that designed the Benchmarks for Science Literacy.  Students use an "e-sheet" to guide them through a web-based investigation of the behavior of light and introduce them to the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The lesson was designed to help middle school students understand that light travels as a wave, and that visible light is only a small part of a very large spectrum.  For an excellent related classroom lab, see the resource directly above.

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