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  • Light and Color: I Wonder Why

    NSTA Press Book | July 2014

    This book unfolds as a series of observations about light, including where it comes from, how it bounces off of people and objects, and what we mean when we say the colors of a rainbow are the colors in light.…

  • A Light Challenge

    Journal Article | January 2021

  • The nature of light

    Book Chapter | January 2006

    Light plays such a crucial role in our lives that it’s very hard to imagine a universe without light. But what is light? How do we describe its behavior? We have two basic models that we can use to describe light—…

  • Lighting It Up!

    Book Chapter | November 2019

    In this lesson, students explore the concept of light through interactive read-alouds, viewing videos, and an inquiry activity in which they investigate how light interacts with various materials. We recommend reading…

  • Understanding Light

    Book Chapter | October 2010

    Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) sequences provide an important way to enhance students' understanding of important scientific ideas. In this chapter, the series of experiments help students understand light. The…

  • The Speed of Light

    Book Chapter | March 2011

    This activity is designed to help students understand that light does have a finite speed and that this has consequences for us. In order to grasp the meaning of the activity, it is important for students to understand…

  • Northern Lights

    Book Chapter | March 2017

    In this lesson, a boy is worried that his new home in Alaska cannot possibly have warm weather in the summer. Key words and concepts covered are seasons and motion of Earth around the Sun. Crosscutting concepts explored…

  • A Light in the Dark

    Book Chapter | February 2018

    In this problem, students investigate how to construct a simple circuit from a battery, flashlight bulb, and items that might be found in someone’s pocket. Teams of students engineer a simple flashlight using a…

  • Light and Reflection

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    The guiding question of this investigation is, What is the relationship between the location of an object and the location of its image in a mirror? In this lesson, the goal is to figure out how to predict where an…

  • Light to See

    Book Chapter | May 2019

    This activity is about discovering that our eyes need light to see and in order for something to be seen, we need light. The activity works best on a cloudy day when not much sunlight is lighting the room, but make your…

  • Online Extra: I Wonder Why: Light and Color

    Page | March 2020

    Online Extra: I Wonder Why: Light and Color If you have purchased I Wonder Why: Light and Color, you can view the accompanying extra activity online. This resource is for your personal use only and is not to be redistributed. To view the online extra, please type in the second word in the body text on the very last page…

  • Lighting Up History

    Journal Article | April 2021

  • Plants in the Dark and Light

    Book Chapter | January 2007

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about plant growth. It specifically probes to find out if students think plants only grow if they are exposed to light.

  • Visible Light and Colors

    Book Chapter | April 2014

    Color theory is the aspect of physics that can explain the colors on your computer screen or in your printer. Visible light can be split into different wavelength regions that are called colors. The color of an object…

  • Visible Light and Colors

    Book Chapter | September 2014

    Color theory is an area of physics that can explain how the appearance of colors changes when colors are mixed, for example on a computer screen or with a printing press. Visible light can be divided into different…

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