5.24.2009

Over the Rainbow

In my district, school is almost over for the year. Test scores have been handed out, and lessons have become more creative and easy going. With a few days until summer vacation, students' minds have drifted to soccer games, bike rides and best friends. I'm not much more focused than the children as I plan for graduate classes, BBQs and gardening. These final days are the perfect time to squeeze in some fun scientific exploration and artistic expression that often get squashed by test-preparation. With summer approaching, my mind is on rainbows!
Set the scene with a rain cloud mobile like this one Ryder Wrong made for her daughter's rainbow party.
Watch "The Magic Schoolbus Makes a Rainbow" video available on DIscovery Education Streaming if you have membership or on VEOH for free to understand light fragmentation and rainbow-making. Then make a rainbow with The Magic School Bus: Simple Science instructions.
Make a color-wheel collage like this one from Preschool Daze.
Find rainbow lapbook ideas and printables at Lapbooks By Carisa.
Practice color mixing with Make and Takes' Milky Rainbows, make three colors of Jello turn into five with directions from no biggie, or by making little rainbow tie-dye crafts with Let's Explore .
Continue the rainbow fun by making rainbow play dough with Craft Knife.

After all the rainbow excitement, enjoy a rainbow snack like rainbow twist cookies from The Secret is In the Sauce, rainbow sushi with directions from Mountain Pulse, or rainbow cupcakes from the Noshery.

Images from Ryder Wrong?, Discovery Education, Preschool Daze, Make and Takes, No Biggie, Let's Explore, Craft Knife, SITS recipes, Mountain Pulse and The Noshery.