Christa's Lost Lesson: Walking Rainbow

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What colors exist in the rainbow? Pupils explore primary and secondary colors in one part of the series called Christa's Lost Lessons series by mixing colored water and creating a walking rainbow. They perform an experiment to learn about properties of water such as capillary action, cohesion, and adhesion and gain a better understanding by completing a paper chromatography activity.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils test different shades of colors (light red versus dark red) to see the effects of color mixing
  • Ask where in their everyday lives learners see mixtures of colors and create digital rainbow posters of examples
Classroom Considerations

  • May require a few materials not typically found in the classroom
  • Requires some teacher set up
Pros

  • Engaging activity for young learners
  • Contains a mathematics option
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS