Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Electromagnetic Spectrum: How Does it Affect Our Lives? - Section 2: DO NOW


Simply giving students a worksheet to fill out, review, and place in their notebooks for later use is not going to support 3-Dimensional learning under the NGSS. This rather traditional use of a worksheet in this lesson is intended to spark curiosity and drive deeper conceptual learning.  

There is a lot that goes into energy and transformations. I decided to use the excitement that surrounds infrared imagery to get my students excited about the EM spectrum, as opposed to starting with memorizing wave frequencies and building from there.  

The other aspect of science is relating how it applies to my students' lives. By investigating these topics during the Web quest portion, they are seeing the relevance of understanding how energy affects our lives. We can then build off of these findings as the unit progresses.

  Providing Structure that Gets Students Started
  Staircase of Complexity: Providing Structure that Gets Students Started
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Electromagnetic Spectrum: How Does it Affect Our Lives?

Unit 4: Energy
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: SWBAT: Develop understanding of important vocabulary and organization of the electromagnetic spectrum

Big Idea: The EM Spectrum has infiltrated many aspects of our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. The goal of this web quest is for students to develop an understanding of the common ways we are affected, both positive and negative.

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Science, PEOE, WebQuest
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