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 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 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.


  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


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