A page from the "Causes of Color" exhibit...

Lesson 1 (All causes)


A nodemap will be the primary output of students, analogous to a poster presentation. See tips on assessing nodemap lessons.

Nodemap Rubric

Nodemaps can be graded according to the rubric for nodemap lessons and the grade can be a numerical fraction or a word grade. You can use that rubric as-is or adapt to the needs of your class. Your students may find it helpful to see the rubric.

Content-oriented questions

Since the students worked in pairs to explore Causes of Color and build their nodemaps, you can allow the students to work with their partners to answer the sample content oriented questions below.

Sample true/false questions

Write the word TRUE or FALSE for the following sentences. If the statement is FALSE, change the underlined word to make the statement TRUE.

  1. ... Light is a form of matter.
  2. ... Light can be made from burning fuels.
  3. ... An incandescent light bulb has a filament that glows.
  4. ... A rainbow is an example of light that has been moved.
  5. ... Chlorophyll is a green pigment.
  6. ... Sunsets are caused by the reflection of light.
  7. ... Diffraction of light occurs on a CD and causes the separation of light.
  8. ... Colorblindness is caused by a defect in the rod cells of the retina.
  9. ... The colors of fireworks are caused by metals such as lithium and copper.
  10. ... Animals can see different colors.

Sample 1-sentence questions

Answer the following questions by writing a sentence.

  1. Why does a light bulb in a jar burn out so quickly?
  2. What happens to chlorophyll when dissolved in alcohol and allowed to move up paper?
  3. Why are sunsets sometimes red and orange in color?
  4. What are three causes of color?
  5. Explain one arrangement of the colors used by artists.

Sample 1-paragaph question

Write a paragraph (5 to 7 sentences) to answer the following question.

Choose ONE of the following:

  1. Light is made
  2. Light is lost
  3. Light is moved

Explain what that means and give three examples of how that happens.