Thursday, September 5, 2013

Teaching Colors in Elementary School

It can be tough to come up with science lessons for kiddos with severe disabilities. Aligning science lesson plans to the common core is important, but a science activity I love doing in our class is experiments. Teaching kids about how to conduct a real experiment is fun because it helps to develop prediction and problem solving skills.

There are so many possibilities for experiments! You can do experiments to discover items that sink or float, discover what plants do when they don't get water and/or light, what happens when you heat different items up, or what happens when you mix two colors. Here are 24 fun ideas for classroom science experiments.

Important parts to an experiment:
-Have kids make a hypothesis, or predict what will happen
-Do an experiment or demonstration
-Then discuss the conclusion, or what happened

You can chart, discuss, draw, or write your hypothesis and conclusion!

We did an experiment to find out what happens when you mix two colors of paint together. First we read a the story Little blue little yellow by Leo Lionni. Then we made a hypothesis as a class to predict what color two paint colors mixed together would make. Then we put the two paint colors into a bottle with marbles in inside. The students took turns shaking the bottle to mix the colors. Then we discussed what we found and recorded our conclusion. Here are the papers we used to record our hypothesis and conclusions.

 You can download my these for free here.

When we were finished, we obviously had to do the classic marble painting. Sorry I totally forgot to take pictures of the whole experiment process.

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