The Electromagnetic Spectrum

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When the photon is asked if it is checking luggage at the airport, it replies, "I don't have any. I'm traveling light." Trigger light exploratio with a lesson that begins with a direct instruction approach to the six properties of electromagnetic radiation and the visible light spectrum. Young physicists then research one region of the electromagnetic spectrum before taking turns presenting to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into seven groups ahead of time
Classroom Considerations

  • Student presentations are appropriate in a PowerPoint or on poster board depending on the class
  • Lesson fits best after teaching about the Sun, but before teaching photovoltaics

  • Includes applied-knowledge questions and answers
  • Provides worksheets for note taking

  • Does not include any hands-on activities or experiments within the lesson
Common Core