Reflection: Real World Applications Using Simple Spectroscopes - Section 2: Explore and Elaborate


Watching my students use the spectroscopes was really fun.  I could see my students taking ownership of their learning and truly engaged in the classroom.  Students conversed with each other and discussed similarities and differences between what they saw.  This is exactly what I want my students to do, create, think, and communicate. 

By students using their spectroscopes to look at different lights in the classroom to determine what different colors are produced, students were also in sync with a facet of the engineering design process. Further, by students comparing the spectra of light sources with their spectroscope they are exploring possible hypothesis and with the spectroscope sheet artifact, will have the ability to revise their thinking accordingly as well.


  Real World Applications: Engineering
Loading resource...

Using Simple Spectroscopes

Unit 3: Waves
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT observe that different wavelengths produce different colors.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students use a simple spectroscopes that was built in a previous lesson in order to view different wavelengths and different colors produced.

  Print Lesson
6 teachers like this lesson
Science, Waves, Light, Wave Length, sound waves, light wave, refraction (Light), inquiry, spectroscope, colors, hands one
  75 minutes
using spectroscopes
Similar Lessons
What Is A Wave?
4th Grade Science » Waves Aren't Just In The Sea
Big Idea: Students will understand what a wave is and the terminology to use when describing a wave.
Anchorage, AK
Environment: Urban
Jillian Gates
Vocabulary and Introduction
4th Grade Science » Waves
Big Idea: To be ready for a new unit of study, vocabulary is a great place to introduce the new topic while preparing them for the learning to come.
Flagstaff, AZ
Environment: Urban
Ellen Herman
Evidence or Inference?
4th Grade Science » Thinking, Writing, and Observing Like a Scientist
Big Idea: Students choose between three different experiments to help them understand the difference between scientific evidence and inference.
Genoa City, WI
Environment: Rural
Mary Ellen Kanthack
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload