Resources can also be found at http://www.edhelper.com/books/The_DayGlo_Brothers_MixedHTMLReview.htm Worksheets, reviews, puzzles and other options such as writing prompts can be found here. Registration is required for access.
“The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton could be used as a read aloud. This is a story about two very different brothers who become locked in the basement and start experimenting with colors. Students will have time during the day to relax and listen to the story, while also connecting it to their science unit. Click on the image to be directed to the link!
Teachers can log into social media to show how people are posting all over the world their ideas on climate, storms, and staying in contact with the world around us. Even though students might not have their own facebook account, it can be shown how social media can be used educationally and a great resource to use for information.
Google classroom is also another great resource to create for your class. Students can post questions and ideas to each other publicly or just privately to the teacher. The teacher is able to keep in contact with her students for questions about homework, quizzes or any other type of conversation needed. This helps create responsibility on the student to inform their teacher about a particular issue or comment instead of asking their parent to email.
Light and Color
Intended for Grades 4-5
By Kaitlyn Vitello
Light and Color
Visible light is the reason behind how we see everything in the
world around us. Objects absorb the sun’s rays in order to reflect
the color that our eyes see. Since this topic includes vocabulary
and concepts that are new to students, the use of technology will
aid in making this topic
easier to understand.
Technology can help students understand
how we see color through the use of
blogs, podcasts, interactive videos,
stories and more.
The materials used in this presentation are reputable
government and university sources, to aid in teaching a unit
on visible light.
Sources were checked to make sure the information was
current and relevant to the unit. The following slides contain a
selection of materials available to teachers everywhere.
The International Year of Light is an international organization
to show just how important light is to our everyday lives. This
website also explains why light matters, and has hands on
involvement resources such as experiments and videos
designed to be used in the classroom.
This link has a tab designated just for Blog posts where
students are able to see posts from different classrooms in
different parts of our world.
Click on the Image to be directed to
This particular podcast, A Moment of Science, can help
students relate to why their clothes might look different when
they are wet in relation to light and why the color looks
changed. This podcast still explains the process of reflection
and absorption but in a relatable way.
‘Why Are Rainbows Curved’ can also be shown as to why we
Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow
Ms. Frizzle is everyone’s favorite scientist! Discover with Ms.
Frizzle and the gang how color and rainbows are created!
Scholastic Study Jams
A source that can be used independently by students to view
videos and take practice tests on the information they learned.
Khan Academy - Why Is the Sky Blue?
Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Students will be able
to find out through this video with Khan Academy!
The internet provides information from government and other
reputable organizations about light and color. The following
slides will list the website along with a brief outline of what
that particular link shows. Each one is helpful in its own way,
and put together will make great resources for teachers to
use with their students.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA introduces light, color, and its uses as well as provide
multiple links to lessons including discovering filters, prisms,
The Optical Society
This resource provides a definition of optics while also
exploring other resources, activities, and great fun facts!
Teachers' Lab - The Science of Light
This resource is great to have children connect with how
different colors are made. They will have an opportunity to
interact with each other, as well as with the computer trying to
mix colors together to create a match. They will understand
the reasoning behind this and connect it to their everyday
A diagram created
from Inspiration can
help students visually
see what happens
when sunlight is
absorbed onto an
object, and why we
see the particular color
The sun is a form
of nat ural light, or
white light, which
wavelengt hs of
into t he
Red is t he only
color reﬂ ected
out, and t hat is
t he color t hat
“The Day-Glo Brothers” by Chris Barton could be used as a great
read aloud. This is a story about two very different brothers who
become locked in the basement and start
experimenting with colors. Students will have
time during the day to relax and listen to the
story while also relating it to their science
Click on the image to be directed to the link!
Why color matters can be used to introduce a lesson on if white
and black are actually colors, or not. Generating students thoughts
while teaching them about these two colors can be easily accessed
through this link.
Click on the image to access the link!
Meet Science – It’s An App!
Meet Science is a great app rated highly by students to learn
more about light and sound. If teachers wish, there are also
different units for purchase as well such as force and motion!
Click on the picture to purchase!
Making a Rainbow
Experiment with creating a rainbow, and sunlight shining rays
onto different color papers.
Science Light Unit Worksheets
An abundance of worksheets, reading comprehension
activities, as well as puzzles and diagrams can be found and
created on this site. Registration is required.
Subject Specific Resource
Light and Optics
I would use this site for students to click on the link for ‘Water
Droplets’. This will give a deeper look into types of clouds and
define some other useful vocabulary terms such as diffracted, and
cumulus tower. Students would be able to see pictures of clouds,
and why they look the way they do depending on the sunlight and
water droplets they contain. Students would be able to connect this
to previous lessons on light, rainbows, and how they are created.
Uses of the Internet
Mix and match is a great interactive way for students to notice just
how many colors can be created. This will support what students
have learned previously about how colors are formed, and expand
on their knowledge for retention.
Polar Bear Cam
This site although not directly related to light and color, can be
used to interest children on what the polar bear sees. Does he/she
see color? What does he notice in his environment?
Although this is not a direct relation to a unit on light, National
Geographic is a great resource for teachers to use when
relating to the world around us, weather, and why we might
be seeing different colors in our world based on the climate,
storms and environment around us.
This is an excellent way to stay in contact with students when
outside of the classroom. Students can post questions or
ideas to each other, or the teacher, and the teacher can be
reached at all times without being emailed.