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Design Topic Light_______________________ Subject(s) _Science___________ Grade(s) _8______ Designer(s) _Heather Finlay________


Unit Title: Grade 8-Electromagnetic Spectrum

Established Goals (big ideas):

Big Idea: Energy can be transferred as both a particle and a wave.
Students will explore the electromagnetic spectrum and light in a hands-on, experiential approach making
connections with their prior knowledge and experiences with light energy in everyday life.
Essential Question(s):What drives the learning?)

o How does electromagnetic energy behave like both a particle and a wave?
o How does electromagnetic radiation shape/enhance our world?
o What are the behaviours of light?
How do the behaviours of light affect the world around us?

Students will be able to / Students will do ( curricular and Students will know; (content)
core competencies) Types and effects of electromagnetic
Co-operatively design projects radiation
Transfer and apply learning to new Light: properties, behaviours
Demonstrate an understanding and
appreciation of evidence.


Performance Tasks and/or culminating tasks: Other Evidence:
Properties of light: Ray model of light questionnaire
Properties of light poster Wave stations
peer assessment Visible light stations
Electromagnetic spectrum UV self-designed experiment
Electromagnetic dictionary/visual Mirror Stations
organizer Transmission/absorption self-designed
Electromagnetic quiz experiment
Behaviours of light:
Light Sculpture-prediction/observation

Key Criteria:
Students will be able to explain how light acts both as a wave and a particle by applying this learning through
models. Students will co-operatively create science experiments, apply knowledge through experiential, hands-on
centers to explore the electromagnetic spectrum and the behaviours of light to explore and apply their science
knowledge. Students will be able to show their science understanding through application questions,
experiments, models and pictures.


Learning intentions Learning activities
I can explain how light energy acts both as a wave and Ray model of light-Upside down candle and
a particle. shadow puppets
Wave stations
Wave model of light-2 Thomas Young Slit
Source: Understanding by Design, Unit Design Planning Template (Wiggins/McTighe 2005) 1
Design Topic Light_______________________ Subject(s) _Science___________ Grade(s) _8______ Designer(s) _Heather Finlay________

Particle theory of light-Einstein thought experiment

and Philipp Lenards model
I can explain what the electromagnetic spectrum is and Electromagnetic stations-breakdown
identify real life examples.

I can explain the connection between wavelength, Electromagnetic stations-breakdown

frequency and energy in the electromagnetic spectrum

I can explain how the electromagnetic shapes, Electromagnetic case studies

enhances and effects our world. Visible light stations
UV experiment
I can explain different behaviours of light and how they Reflection-Law of reflection inquiry with ray maker
affect our environment. Plane mirror-chain-team building challenge
-I can explain reflection and the laws of reflection Rough surface chain
-I can explain and compare how light acts Mirror puzzles
-I can explain absorption Refraction experiments
-I can explain transmission
Concave, convex centers
-I can explain refraction
-I can explain the difference between transparent, Transparent, translucent, opaque gallery walk
translucent and opaque objects. Science dictionary
Light Sculpture
Big Idea-quiz
Resources and Materials Needed
BusyBeeinGradeThree- Simple Science-Light Unit-12 Experiments-
Light Energy Review Activities By Created by Kelly Ann-
Adapted Notes: Light Energy Articles, Flip Books, Comprehension Questions, and
Assessment By Cutesy Clickables by Collaboration Cuties-
Gardner, Robert. (1994). Science Projects About Light. Enslow Publisher, Inc: New
Jersey. Text.
Berger, Melvin. (1991). Wonders of Science. Scholastic Inc.: New York. Text.
Sandner, Lionel (2016). BC Science Connections 8. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited. Canada
Black and white paper
Flashlight, candles
Plane, concave, convex mirrors
Wave Model
Ropes, slinky
Pan, bowl, glass
Old sunglasses
Alumininum foil, saran wrap, wax paper
Plastic slip covers, clear pop bottle
Ray maker
Visible light model

Source: Understanding by Design, Unit Design Planning Template (Wiggins/McTighe 2005) 2