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Electromagnetic Spectrum Activities
for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of electromagnetic spectrum. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Electromagnetic Spectrum Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Electromagnetic Spectrum 5E Lesson, students will be able to use information from the electromagnetic spectrum to gain information about distances and properties of components in the universe. They will also be able to read sample spectrographs to determine the composition of stars and be able to label the parts of a wave.

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The Electromagnetic Spectrum Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will use spectroscopes or diffraction gratings to observe spectral lines of different types of lights sources. They will relate this process to how astronomers determine the composition of stars.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

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Electromagnetic Spectrum Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about electromagnetic spectrum. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Escape Rooms

The Electromagnetism Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of electromagnetic energy in a fun and engaging format.

Students must use what they have learned to ask questions about data, to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces, to conduct an investigation, and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Visual Data & Graphing

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Review Board Games

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the electromagnetic spectrum unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How do we know what stars are composed of?
  • How do we know how far stars are from Earth?
  • What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)?
  • TEKS Science 8.8 C - Identify how different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum such as visible light and radio waves are used to gain information about components in the universe

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