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It's Not all Visible Lesson Overview

The student will investigate and construct explanations regarding the uses and applications of the electromagnetic spectrum. Students will investigate the various types of electromagnetic radiation with the use of a graphic organizer and create a foldable to represent the EM spectrum, including the types, uses, and applications.


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80 minutes
3-4 students, individual
PTI Inquiry
3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.2, 5.2, 5.7, 5.8, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 10 min 5.2 Internet, SmartBoard, Student Computer 1 Student will explore a satellite photograph and see a visual representation of 8 different wavelengths.
Explore 10 min 3.3 none 3 Students will use a card sort to determine the different parts of the EM spectrum and will use their graphic organizer to explain the differences within the spectrum.
Explain 10-15 min 7.3 none 2 Through a series of guided questions students will describe the electromagnetic spectrum.
Expand 30 min 3.4, 4.2, 5.7, 5.8 none 3 Students will use their correctly matched and ordered cards to select and create a model that is useful for understanding the electromagnetic spectrum.
Evaluate 15 min 3.3, 3.6 none 1 Students will complete a short quiz to check for understanding.

Level of Student Engagement

1 Low Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2 Medium Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3 High Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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