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Weather: Rainbows

Learn how rainbows are formed and what colors they include. A video about rainbow colors is included. Several sites include instructions for experiments that allow students create their own rainbows. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on light and color.


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This site provides a time-lapse video clip of a rainbow, facts about rainbows, rainbow vocabulary, and a simple experiment on creating a rainbow.
Learn the order of the colors in a rainbow using this catchy animated song.
In this lesson, students will learn about rainbows and properties of light. Next they will choose their own science experiment and evaluate it to determine which experiment will work for their project.
This site defines rainbows, provides experiments, and answers questions about this natural light show. This site is for middle school age students.
This site answers common questions about rainbows.
Here are several photographs of rainbows accompanied by poems.
This site explains the science behind rainbows. There is also a "Printable Version" of this site. Click on "Next Page" to continue. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site has a brief explanation of rainbows and some interesting facts about them.
This activity uses a CD to reflect a rainbow on the wall. Includes an explanation of the science behind rainbows.
Students can make a permanent rainbow with paper, water, a pan, and clear nail polish.
This classroom activity has students study colors using everyday materials. Includes an optional handout that goes along with the activity. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Create a rainbow and draw a picture of one with this activity. This is a one-page PDF file.
These sites are about visible light and the color spectrum. Learn the basic concepts of color theory including the color wheel, additive and subtractive colors, reflection, and refraction. Try the online color blindness test. There is also information about the speed of light and how the eye works. Many sites include interactive activities that are fun for the SMARTboard.

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