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edited by Caroline Hall
content provider: the WGBH Educational Foundation, the Science NetLinks, and the Goddard Space Flight Center
written by Tom Henderson, Michael Davidson, and Marcia Linn
This is a 7-day multimedia unit for middle school science that explores the behavior of light, how light travels, and its special properties. Students will learn that light is much more than what we perceive with our eyes; it is part of a vast spectrum that includes ultraviolet radiation, infrared, x-ray, radio waves, and gamma rays. They will build a foundation for understanding that light can behave as both a wave and a particle. They will get hands-on exposure to reflection, refraction, and color, and experiment to verify the connection between wavelength and frequency.

All resources in this unit are aligned to AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

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Electricity & Magnetism
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Metadata instance created September 8, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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May 24, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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August 31, 2009

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Model Unit for Grades 7-8: The Nature of Light

This multimedia instructional unit takes students on a journey to understand that "light" is much more than what we see with our eyes: it is part of a wondrous and vast electromagnetic spectrum. The standards-based lessons were compiled by The Physics Front editors from authors at NASA, Florida State University, University of California-Berkeley, Science NetLinks, Teachers' Domain, WGBH-TV, and The Physics Classroom.  The unit can be presented as a 7 or 10-day module.  Some of the resources require internet connection, but all are freely accessible for download.

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T. Henderson, M. Davidson, and M. Linn, , edited by C. Hall (2009), WWW Document, (http://www.thephysicsfront.org/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=3404&FID=16729&code=3B9D7499DA).
T. Henderson, M. Davidson, and M. Linn, Nature of Light: A Model Unit for Grades 7-8, , edited by C. Hall (2009), <http://www.thephysicsfront.org/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=3404&FID=16729&code=3B9D7499DA>.
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Henderson, T., Davidson, M., & Linn, M. (2009, August 31). Nature of Light: A Model Unit for Grades 7-8. Retrieved May 30, 2017, from http://www.thephysicsfront.org/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=3404&FID=16729&code=3B9D7499DA
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Henderson, T, M. Davidson, and M. Linn. Nature of Light: A Model Unit for Grades 7-8. Edited by Caroline Hall. August 31, 2009. http://www.thephysicsfront.org/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=3404&FID=16729&code=3B9D7499DA (accessed 30 May 2017).
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Henderson, Tom, Michael Davidson, and Marcia Linn. Nature of Light: A Model Unit for Grades 7-8. Ed. Hall, Caroline. 2009. 31 Aug. 2009. WGBH Educational Foundation, Science NetLinks, and Goddard Space Flight Center. 30 May 2017 <http://www.thephysicsfront.org/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=3404&FID=16729&code=3B9D7499DA>.
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