Classroom Feature: Meadowlark Classroom

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms here in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Meadowlark Rainbow Investigations

Early in the school year, the Meadowlarks became very interested in the seemingly magic rainbows that appeared on our classroom walls during lunch time. They were curious about where exactly the rainbows were coming from. After an extensive discussion of ideas, we narrowed our thoughts down to three items in the classroom that could produce a rainbow: the rainbow colored jars in the window, the glittery tree cookies in the window, or the crystal in the window. We then tested our guesses by moving each item and watching to see if the rainbows also moved. After conducting our experiment, we learned that the rainbows were coming from the crystal! We continued to talk about rainbows after this discovery and the different ways you might be able to make a rainbow.


Learning Objectives

  • Participates in simple teacher-initiated investigations to test observations, collect data, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations

  • Formulate answers to own questions using the scientific method

  • Explore and describe properties and characteristics of objects/materials and how they can be changed

  • Demonstrate back-and-forth conversation skills

Part 2

Because of the serious interest in exploring rainbows further, we set up a "rainbow making" station in the Jumping Spider Science Center. The Meadowlarks have been working hard to create their own rainbows using mirrors, prisms, water, flashlights, and even paint. So far, we have found 6 different ways to make a rainbow. We have been reading books about myths associated with rainbows and the science behind the rainbow recipe (water+light=rainbow).


Learning Objectives

  • Persist in meeting a challenge, despite distractions or frustrations

  • Make simple comparisons

  • Explore cause and effect

  • Participates in simple teacher-initiated investigations to test observations, collect data, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations

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