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An impressive animation explains the earth's awe-inspiring auroras. The contributions of high-energy particles from the sun collide with our neutral atmospheric atoms. Explained are the roles of solar wind, plasma, the magnetosphere, coronal mass ejection, magnetic storms, oxygen and nitrogen atoms, photons, sunspots, and solar flares. A terrific amount of information is packed into the four-minute film, perfect for introducing the northern and southern lights to your earth science class. Make sure to find photographs of actual auroras for the class to see!
This is a stellar overview of everything light and quantum! There are 30 multiple choice questions, none of them requiring any mathematical computation. There are a few diagrams to analyze: light rays striking reflective and refractive materials, spectral lines, and more. You can use this comprehensive set of conceptual questions as an exam. 
Nineteen word problems dealing with frequency, speed, reflection, and refraction of light are provided here. Empower your physics masters to manipulate equations for computing angles, focal lengths, image heights, and more! This is a neatly formatted and user-friendly set of practice problems that you will want to add to your homework choices.
What is a watt? This tongue-twisting, mind-bending question and others are answered through this instructional activity on the different lighting options available. With the support of a PowerPoint, teach your physical science class about units of measurement, energy use per capita, and four different types of light bulbs. Learners look at each bulb type and rank them, both before and after learning about their heat emission, energy required, brightness, color, costs, and health impacts.
Let your light shine with this lesson on shadows! Elementary optics technicians experiment with how much light passes through different objects. They rate each object's opacity on a graph and answer analysis questions. Note that the lesson does not introduce the terms opaque, translucent, or transparent; consider introducing since this age group is capable of using these light-related terms.


Light is such a fascinating subject. This lesson does a great job of illuminating the mysteries of light for your young scientists. A series of demonstrations which are explained in the plan should help your charges to understand how light travels in waves, how white light is a combination of all colors, and how different materials are opaque, translucent, or transparent to light. Very good!
Students calculate how expensive it is to use fluorescent lights.  In this lights lesson plan, students get a worksheet with cost per hour to run a fluorescent. Students set up a equation to calculate the the cost of running one fluorescent and then multiply by the number in the school.
Students create a device that will rotate a mirror and reflect light to a lens or light absorber, based on how a DLP chip functions. This lesson includes background information, three web resources for both students and teacher and lab questions aimed at enhancing the lab experience.
Students explore the impact of inventions on society, specifically Edison and the light bulb. In this technology lesson, students use online resources and listen to a story about Edison to develop an understanding of how the light bulb was invented. Students discuss how inventions help society. Students construct an example of the light bulb by using the provided worksheet.
Third graders experiment with coins and water to explore light rays.  In this light and water lesson, 3rd graders work in pairs to observe what happens with a coin in water or how it appears based on the density of the water. Students complete an experiment with light, water and a pencil.
Fourth graders examine and identify the parts of a lightbulb. They trace the path of electricity through the bulb. Through video and online research, they compare the first light bulb to modern lightbulbs and also regular lightbulbs to fluorescent ones.
Students create a simple circuit using batteries, wires, and light bulbs. For this circuits lesson plan, students learn the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit and connect it to holiday lights they use in their home.
Illuminate your class with this fabulously interactive app about light! Brilliant animation follows a beaming little robot as he teaches youngsters about every glowing object and concept under the sun.
Students explore physics by completing measurement problems in class. For this speed of light lesson, students discuss the importance of knowing the speed of light and how it affects many aspects of human life on Earth. Students identify the time it takes for a TV to receive its signal and compare that to the rate of light coming from the Sun.

Northern Lights

Higher Ed
In this literature worksheet, students test their knowledge regarding the story entitled Northern Lights. Students respond to seven multiple choice questions on this interactive webpage.
Any work with light, lenses, lasers, or mirrors is called optical engineering. Optical engineers bend and bounce light to make it useful for humans. Examples are telescopes, invisibility, nanomedicine, and solar energy. This comprehensive video would be valuable to show when teaching about light and the electromagnetic spectrum or when leading a career exploration class with middle schoolers. This is one of a two-part series.
Students explain the wave properties of light.
Eighth graders differentiate apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude scales. In this astronomy instructional activity, 8th graders rank stars in terms of its brightness as observed from Earth. They explain what a light year is in their own words.
A beam of laser light is sent to a satellite from a transmitter and travels 40,000 km. Elapsed time is recorded. This is all done to prove that the speed of light is 300,000 km/sec. This interesting clip can be used when you teach young physicists about the speed of light.
Four-point lighting is an important aspect for photography and videography. Check out this video for a wonderful description and various tips to create your own four-point lit stage.