The Science of Rainbows

Rainbows bring happy thoughts, especially after a rainstorm. Lead your class in a physics exploration through the composition of rainbows and the science behind their construction as well as their geographical placement in nature.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Present additional videos of rainbows forming after a storm and discuss
  • Have the class draw images of rainbows, but ensure these images are similar to actual rainbows found in nature
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure all learners have the ability to tell one color from another during the lesson; assist anyone who may be color impaired with the activities 
Pros

  • Provides a clear explanation of a complex scientific concept, allowing learners to understand something they witness multiple times throughout life
  • Short video segment allows integrated activities or expansion with other experiments
Cons

  • None