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Why is the sky blue, and where to colors come from? Kids identify the colors of the rainbow, find the colors in a rainbow, then use color filters to find each color in white light. The lesson plan includes a rubric and six different activities that introduce learners to the color wheel, properties of light, the mnemonic Roy G. Biv, and hands on inquiry.
Introduce starting space scientists to the electromagnetic spectrum, expecially the portion of visible light. Teach them about wavelength and frequesncy. Then give them a roll of adding machine tape and a manila folder to make a wavelenght model measurer! Detailed procedures and a worksheet are provided.
Explore physical science by participating in a visual spectrum experiments. Budding scientists identify the colors in the color spectrum and view the colors in class by utilizing cellophane, flash lights, and other arts and crafts materials. They define a list of light related vocabulary terms and complete a worksheet.
Who doesn't love a rainbow? Little ones adore them, so why not make rainbows the subject of your next art project. Your class can use watercolor to paint rainbows. As they do, have them identify the colors in the rainbow, talk about how new colors are made as they blend together, and how rainbows are formed.
Sixth graders continue their examination of light. In groups, they make rainbows and examine the spectrum of visible light. They travel between various stations recording their observations about the behaviors of light. To end the lesson plan, they challenge each other on their findings.
Students explore visual arts by participating in a color identification activity. For this rainbows lesson, students discuss the different colors that make up the color spectrum and why we see rainbows in nature. Students read the book Planting a Rainbow and paint their own using water based paints.
ROYGBIV stands for rainbow! Kids explore the color wheel by mixing and making primary and secondary colors. They read the story Mouse Paint and look at the use of color in several art pieces. Then they create color wheels on paper plates while discussing how warm and cool colors can be used to express feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
Third graders view a multimedia presentation to access prior knowledge of ways they have seen light. For this spectrum of color lesson, 3rd graders students experiment with light and a prism. Students record their observations and explain what they see. Students repeat varying the color of the paper. Students self-evaluate.
Create models of the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Working in small groups, your class can investigate metric conversions calculations. They will find the length of the waves in nanometers, and then determine the size for the model of the spectrum if the scale is 1 nanometer equals 1 millimeter. They check their model by shining white light through a prism in order to see the visible spectrum.