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  • 1. Drawing a Rainbow By Andrew Firestone CTGE 5212 Due April 17
  • 2. Main Goal
    • The main goal of this lesson is to apply previous science knowledge about weather and the color wheel to create a correct artistic representation of rainbows using a crayon-resist method.
  • 3. Materials
    • The following materials will be needed:
      • Drawing paper
      • Crayons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
      • Watercolor paints (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
        • With primary and secondary colors- maybe paint mixing using just the three primary colors
      • Paintbrushes
      • Cups of water
      • Tablecloths (something to ensure the paint doesn’t get on the table)
      • smocks
  • 4. Objectives
    • Students will identify the reasons a rainbow occurs.
    • Students will recognize the correct color pattern in a rainbow as primary and secondary colors
      • (Roy G Biv).
    • Students will learn the crayon-resist technique
    • Students will create a visual representation of a rainbow using the crayon-resist technique.
  • 5. Pre-Activity
    • Students will say what they learned about weather
      • Brainstorming session focusing on clouds and cloud formations
    • Introduce rainbows. Ask students if they saw one and what it looked like (colors).
      • How are rainbows formed?
      • Roy G Biv
    • Reinforce knowledge of primary and secondary colors
      • How the secondary colors are formed
    • Explain the crayon resist method
      • Press down hard with crayons, then gloss over it with watercolor paint
    • After discussion on rainbow formation and colors, children will have the chance to create their own rainbow using the crayon resist method
  • 6. Activity, Step-by-Step
    • After proper distribution of materials, students will begin by drawing and coloring a rainbow using crayons
      • Remind students to press hard on the piece of paper
      • Drawing should be in “proper rainbow order”
      • Students can also draw other details, like the sun, raindrops, or clouds
    • Familiarize students with the watercolor technique
      • Wet the color first, brush gently, then rinse and wipe the brush between colors
    • Students should brush quickly across the paper
      • This will create a beaded effect
  • 7. Closure
    • If some students are done early, they can write in their journals what they learned about rainbows, Roy G Biv, and the crayon resist
      • This is done only when student has cleaned his/her workspace
  • 8. Evaluation
    • Did students use the colors of the rainbow in the proper order?
      • Roy G Biv
    • Did students use the crayon-resist method properly?
  • 9. Extension
    • Hopefully, some kids will want to learn as to why the colors of the rainbow are what they are
      • Wavelengths
      • Older grades
    • Tertiary colors