We read about light and brainstormed sources of light. We created a circle map to show all of the sources of light we could think of. You can get the pictures and words for the circle map here.
This is not a very good picture, but we used small prisms and flashlights to explore light and look for rainbows. These little prisms were not the best. I have used a large water prism in the past. They work the best. They are great for placing in a window, letting the light shine through, and watching rainbows move across your room throughout the day as the sun rises.
We made a rainbow brace map to show the different parts (colors) of the rainbow. I found this idea in a blog post that Kim Adsit made Then my students made their own individual rainbows.
To make the individual student rainbows: I gave each student the following pieces:
1) 9X12 red
2) 8X11 orange
3) 7X10 yellow
4) 6X9 green
5) 5X8 blue
6) 4X7 indigo
7) 3X6 violet
Students clipped the top corners and rounded each of the 7 rectangles. Then they glued the pieces on top of each other and cut an arc out of the bottom. This project was super easy and fast to do. I would have loved to have done what Kim did and have my students paint their own rainbows, but I just did not have the time.