The Early Years: Color Investigations by: Peggy Ashbrook

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The topic of color can be a springboard to diverse topics including colors in nature, how vision works, the function of color vision in animals, and the properties of light. Learning about color addresses part of the National Science Education Content Standards A (Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry and Understanding about scientific inquiry) and B (Properties of objects and materials, and Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism). Plus, color is a fun topic to explore.

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  • on Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:53 PM

This was a wonderful article to come across. I know in the Spring semester, my 5th graders will lesrn about light, especially about refraction! I shared this article with our art teacher to facilitate the integration of science! Thanks for providing the information and ideas to integrate it with cross curricular connections.

Denise C  (Humble, TX)
Denise C (Humble, TX)

  • on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:53 PM

Children don’t understand the concepts of ecology but they will learn that animals require only certain foods to survive. In this article an activity is provided that shows the interrelationship between the cabbage white caterpillar and collard greens. The author provides questions to support inquiry as the plant attracts butterflies and then goes through the organism’s life cycle. Observing the world around young children helps them develop scientific skills.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:06 AM

The author presents a color mixing activity with both pigment and colored filters as a science inquiry lesson for young students appropriate for grades K – 2. The activity’s procedure follows the learning cycle. By having children become aware of different colors and color combinations, these activities lay the foundation for future understanding of such concepts as the visible spectrum, the electromagnetic spectrum, refraction of light and light traveling as waves.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)

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