Physics 1 Unit Study: Light & Color


What is Light? What are black and white? What happens when we mix colors?  How do we describe colors using RGB values? What is the electromagnetic spectrum?


This unit study, recommended for students aged 7 -10, is a great way to introduce your student to Light & Color. It covers: what is light, seeing black and what, mixing colors, describing colors, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Purchase includes two versions of the unit study, one with medium-ruled writing lines and one with wide-ruled writing lines.

This activity takes around 1 - 2 hours to complete. Keep scrolling to the drop downs below for some great Light & Color reference materials and teaching resources we have curated for you.

To use this packet you will need a printer and eighteen pieces of paper.  For the unit study's 7 experiments, you will need the following materials:

  • a flashlight
  • a lamp
  • a closet or dark space
  • a prism (if you don't have a prism, fill a clear glass halfway with water)
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • a piece of string OR a pencil
  • red, green and blue paint OR play-dough
  • a computer with an internet connection
  • a remote with an IR LED
  • a digital camera OR a smartphone OR a tablet OR a webcam

Educational Curricula and Resources to Use with this Unit Study


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