Rainbows

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Rainbows explores the science behind this beautiful natural phenomenon. Students will discover how, when, and why rainbows appear in the sky after a rain storm. They will learn to define rainbow and list its seven colors in order.

If you want, you could teach this lesson in conjunction with others about light. You might also choose to administer the lesson after rain falls in your area. That way students can go outside to try and observe a rainbow in the sky. There are other suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page.

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What our Rainbows lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Rainbows explores the science behind why we see these colorful ribbons in the sky after rain. Students will identify the different colors and explain how, when, and why rainbows appear in the sky. They will also learn other interesting facts as they progress through the content. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson simply requires colored pencils or markers and constructions paper.

Options for Lesson

There are lots of suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section of additional ideas and activities to incorporate. A few relate to the activity portion of the lesson. Students could work in pairs, and you could them draw one or more of the images on separate paper and display the pictures in the classroom. If possible, you could also take students outdoors at the end of a rain storm to find a rainbow. Another option is for students to create 3D rainbows to hang in the classroom. They could also create a short story in which the main character or focus is a rainbow. You could invite a meteorologist to speak with the students and answer their questions. Find and read aloud rainbow-themed books. One last idea is to create a class booklet of students’ homework poems.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page gives you a little more information on the lesson overall and describes what you may want to focus your teaching on. It suggests you teach this lesson along with others that relate to light. You could also choose to administer it after a rain storm and have students go outside to find the rainbow. The blank lines are available for you to write out any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.

RAINBOWS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Rainbows lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. These worksheets will help students demonstrate what they learned throughout the lesson and reinforce the lesson concepts. The guide on the classroom procedure page outlines when to hand out each worksheet to your students.

Worksheet Answer Keys

If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

subject

Science

grade-level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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