Reflection: Lesson Planning Electromagnetic Spectrum - Section 4: Part 2 (Exploration/Simulation - Organization - Illustration)


A fun, hands-on exploration of light emission from different sources can be built into this lesson with some simple household items. If your classroom is not outfitted with a class set of spectrometers, not to worry as they can be easily constructed using simple materials.

In Make Your Own Spectrometeryou will find the materials needed and directions for constructing the spectrometer. Once constructed students can conduct their own experiments and observations of light spectra.

A CD spectrometer various spectra from a variety of light sources. You may opt to not share the second page with your students but use it more as a key to the type of spectra they should find if they investigate those light sources.

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Electromagnetic Spectrum

Unit 8: Where Is Earth In Space?
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT describe how a wave model of light is useful for explaining brightness, color, and the frequency-dependent bending of light at a surface between media such as stars.

Big Idea: Students explore how knowledge of the EM Spectra has allowed scientists to study a wide variety of objects and phenomena in the universe

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