Benchmark Question: How do you use prisms and filters
with light to produce color?
Focus Question: What colors are produced when
manipulating a prism with light?
The teacher will invite a
printer, photographer, or local theater lighting technician to share how
light and color affect their jobs.
The teacher will hang a
beveled glass object such as a crystal or sun catcher by the window.
Students will observe what
happens when light energy passes through the glass object and will record
their observations Students will share their observations with the class
and name the specific colors they see.
In a demonstration, the
teacher will place a clear pie plate containing water on the overhead.
Students will write predictions of the colors they will see when the
teacher turns on the light (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo,
The teacher will turn on the
light and ask students to check their predictions.
Pairs of students will
experiment with prisms and a light source to produce the colors of the
Extension: Students will write a color poem or
song about light including a minimum of three colors.