How is a rainbow made?

How is a rainbow made?

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DISCUSS: How do you think a rainbow is made?

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In this mini-lesson, students discover how water acts like a prism, splitting white sunlight into all the colors of the rainbow. In the activity, Chasing Rainbows, students create their own rainbows using cups of water, sunlight, and plain white paper.

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COVID-19 Adaptations
Students can work solo
Teacher demo recommended

Students at home
Watch this video to see how to set up a cup of water so that sunlight passing through the water separates into rainbow colors. Younger student may need an adult to help with this setup. The printouts are activity instructions for students and can be shared with students digitally.

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15 mins

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