Rainbows of Light: The Visible Light Spectrum

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Rainbows can teach us about the visible light spectrum. Learners observe multiple items that clearly display a rainbow to develop better connections. The lesson then explains wavelength using a rope to make waves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before starting the lesson, hang a poster of a rainbow in your room and don't comment on it to see if anyone notices the connection to the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Groups of three are ideal, but groups of two to four would also work
  • Expects prior knowledge of how to record observations, but this could be reviewed throughout the lesson as needed

  • Further resources are high quality materials from NASA

  • This activity does not include any assessment or applied knowledge
Common Core