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This is a NASA-created lesson plan on the primary colors of light (red, green, and blue), developed for use in grades 4-8. It introduces children to the basics of the primary additive colors through a hands-on experiment with flashlights and colored filters. It includes printable worksheets with answer keys.

This item is part of a larger module on the topic of light by NASA's Imagers project.
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NASA activity, RGB colors, additive colors, color addition, lesson plan, primary colors, spectrum
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color

Hands-On Experiment                                                                 Grades 4-8
Students cooperatively explore the three primary additive colors of light (red, green, blue) by using flashlights and colored filters. Developed by NASA, this lesson includes printable worksheets and answer keys.  *NOTE: Students will need scaffolding to understand why these three colors are the primaries of light, which runs counter to the primary colors of paint and pigment. Click on the link below under Teacher Content Support for more information.

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(NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project, Cleveland, 2007), WWW Document, (http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/teachersite/UL1.htm).
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NASA IMAGERS: The Primary Colors of Light (NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project, Cleveland, 2007), <http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/teachersite/UL1.htm>.
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NASA IMAGERS: The Primary Colors of Light. (2008, January 20). Retrieved April 16, 2014, from NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project: http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/teachersite/UL1.htm
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NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project. NASA IMAGERS: The Primary Colors of Light. Cleveland: NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project, January 20, 2008. http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/teachersite/UL1.htm (accessed 16 April 2014).
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NASA IMAGERS: The Primary Colors of Light. Cleveland: NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project, 2007. 20 Jan. 2008. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/teachersite/UL1.htm>.
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