Are you looking for a little Spring and Science themed inspiration for your primary classes next month? How about studying rainbows?
I’ve got a brand-new rainbow fingerplay today you can print out and teach the kids, as well as a list of fantastic rainbow books that can be used for inquiry, and some links to fun hands-on rainbow experiments to try.
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Starting with Rainbows
When starting a new focus in the library, I usually like to introduce the idea either with a book or with a quick hands-on activity.
If you hop over to One Time Through, you will find 5 fun ways to make a rainbow with the kids. You could use these ideas as a quick demonstration, or even set them up as centers for the kids to try on their own.
If you want to start with a storybook and then pursue some scientific inquiry after, I recommend either #1 or 2 – just to get the kids thinking about rainbows.
If you want to dive right into the Science behind rainbows, check out #3, 4 or 5.
Recommended Rainbow Book 1: Don Freeman’s A Rainbow of My Own is the fictional story of a boy who ventures outside after a rainstorm to try and find a rainbow. When he fails – he imagines a rainbow of his own to play with.
In the end, when the boy returns home, he finds the sun has made a rainbow inside his house from his goldfish bowl! Recommended for preschool to grade 2.
Recommended Rainbow Book 2: The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt is a rainbow concept book. It explores the relationship between different colours and different moods.
Rainbow Recommended Book #3: Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows (Amazing Science) by Natalie M. Rosinsky – A non-fiction book for young readers with the science behind light and rainbows. Recommended for preschool to grade 2.
Rainbow Recommended Book #4: The Rainbow and You – If you can find a copy of this book – it has amazing reviews! It sounds like a fun picture book with Roy G. Biv as the main character who takes the reader through the science behind rainbows, while exploring different culture’s rainbow myths and beliefs. Recommended for grades 1 to 7.
Rainbow Recommended Book #5: Curious George Discovers the Rainbow (Science Storybook) – Who doesn’t love this adorable monkey? In this new Science series, George learns all about the science behind rainbows with all the fun of his usual escapades!
Ideas for Starting Inquiry
What do the kids already know about rainbows?
I like to have the kids tell me what they THINK they know about something when we start inquiry. I call these our “THINKS” and we usually record them on sticky notes or another small piece of paper that we can add to a class chart.
Then we add our “WONDERS” or our questions to the board.
It might be fun to use brightly coloured sticky notes for this activity.
If the kids are able to write on their own, you can give each one a sticky note to record a THINK and another to record a WONDER that they have. If they are not proficient writers, I usually just do this activity as a class and scribe a number of their ideas onto separate stickies.
Together as a class, we can now read and explore hands-on centers to try to CONFIRM whether their thinks are correct (Yay! We were RIGHT!) or to update our thinking (We no longer believe this.) and add new understandings.
A New Rainbow Fingerplay
Done some thinking and want to get the kids moving a little bit? Try my new rainbow fingerplay! Ask the kids to stand up and follow along with the actions.
DOWNLOAD the Rainbow Fingerplay PDF HERE.
I hope you found some fun rainbow learning ideas for your students today. If you are looking for even more ideas – check out these other fun posts from the Early Elementary Blogging Team!
Do you have any fun ideas for teaching kids about rainbows? Share your ideas with me in the comment section below!
Keep on “READ”venturing!