This is Not a Rainbow

A color-based video explains how scientists identified the colors of the rainbow and why we see different colors at different times. It introduces the idea of supernumerary colors and the disc shape of a rainbow as well.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow students to draw a rainbow and list the colors they use
  • Go more in depth with supernumerary hues after watching the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of ROYGBIV
  • Provides 13 translations for ELLs
  • Connects the number of colors in the rainbow to the number of notes in a musical scale
  • None
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