The exciting and informative lesson explains the science behind rainbows, and includes other information and interesting facts about rainbows. The lesson may be used in conjunction with a lesson related to light, or perhaps following a rain storm, when students see a rainbow in the sky during recess. Age appropriate interactive websites are included for students who may not have seen a rainbow in person before.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display the first letter of each rainbow color, but not in their correct order (VIGBOYR). Ask students if they can guess the meaning of the letters and what it might be related to.
- Allow for responses and discussion. As students are responding, share hints such as: it is related to the weather, the Sun may be a part of it, people might get wet, it is outdoors, etc.
- Allow for additional responses and discussion. Display the letters in order and introduce Rainbows.
- Distribute Rainbows content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute colored pencils or markers. (Students may use construction or other paper to draw the pictures.) Encourage students to be creative for Part D. Circulate through the room assisting students as needed.
- Once completed, students share their images. For Part B, ask students to explain why they would like to see the specific object at the end of a rainbow.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. For the T/F, ask students to correct the false statements.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share their poems.
- In closing, ask students: Can you think of a new way, instead of ROY G. BIV, to help remember the colors of a rainbow?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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