Mars Needs Moms (2011)

Concept featured in clip: Visible Light/Color
Location of clip: 35:53-38:54 (DVD)

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Summary of clip: Milo is a boy who secretly found himself on the planet Mars when he followed the spaceship that kidnapped his mom. The Martians are stealing Earth's moms to help raise their youth. He is wandering around looking for his mom when he meets a female Martian who speaks English. She explains that she learned English by watching Earth television where she discovered color.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Visible light consists of the electromagnetic waves of light that we can see. Objects absorb light waves or reflect light waves. We are able to see the waves that are reflected. If an object absorbs all the wavelengths we see black, if it reflects all the wavelengths, we see white.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students:

What is the female Martian most amazed by?

What colors does she see on her monitor?

How are we able to see different colors?

What structures in our eyes afford us the ability to see color?

How does our eyesight compare to other organisms?

2. Have students explore a prism and make observations using sunlight or a flashlight. Have student record their observations and come up with additional questions about light.