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Reviewing color words with science
31 Aug, 2013. 7 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language, Kindergarten Science, Preschool, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we reviewed our color words. I’m so happy to say that this year most of my first graders came to me already recognizing these words and only a few needed the extra practice. In centers we reviewed spelling and recognizing color words and in small groups, my students who needed extra practice completed a few emergent books to solidify them.
These are some of the centers we used! They can be found in my “I know my color words pack.”
  
Earlier this week we finished our Roy G. Biv art project which looks so cute hanging from my ceiling! This class loved this activity. 
To culminate the week of colors we had to do a few science experiments! This class is GIDDY EXCITED about Fridays. One parent told me their child woke up extra early because he was so excited about “Fun Friday!” Love it!! 
We completed two experiments yesterday. The first one I saw on Cara’s blog and HAD to try it. For this activity you need:
* a few mason jars 
* water
* food coloring
*bleach
We discussed what these ingredients could be used for and the students went around our circle saying what they predict was going to happen.
(Sadly, it did NOT bubble over and explode to the roof!) 😉
To begin, I added water to the jar. I only filled it about a quarter of the way and let one student add a few drops of food coloring to the water. {we also spelled the color she picked.} 
Then I added bleach to the jar. Holy awesome, Batman. The color changed so quickly my first graders applauded. It was so fast though that I didn’t get a picture. You should have heard the science chatter that happened after the change occurred though! 
They then asked me, “Miss Smith, what would happen if we filled the jar with bleach and added drops of food coloring to it?” 
We of course had to try it so I took out another mason jar and filled it with bleach. 
My students then took turns adding different colored drops of food coloring. 
What amazed me is that the drops never even made it down into the bleach. 
They would sit at the top and then DISAPPEAR!
My little scientists loved observing the jar. We seriously did this for 25 minutes! 
When we got back from recess, we completed another “color themed” science experiment. I had seen this one here at jugglingwithkids.com and knew my students would love it!
To complete this experiment you will need: 
*chunks of ice
* baking sheets
* food coloring
* Clorox Wipes for clean up! 
*kosher salt
(recommended: aprons, smocks and gloves!)
The night before this activity I took out all my baking pans, filled them with water, and put them in my freezer. Carrying them into school that morning was a sight to see!! 
I then stored them in our freezer at school until I was ready for the activity. 
To begin, I put one chunk of ice on a baking sheet and went through our science procedures. I told my class that we were going to pour salt all over the top of the ice. 
(of course they asked, can we eat it!??! um… no.) 
Then I let a few students drop food coloring on top of the ice. 
In just a few short moments, the “magic” happened. 
The salt eats away at the ice and the color tunnels into the ice chunk. 
“It looks like veins of color!!!!” 
They were VERY excited to watch the colors dig into the ice. 
Then, I gave each student a “muffin ice chunk.” (I filled up my cupcake baking pan with water to make these) I put each chunk of ice on 4 paper plates.
I also gave each student a cupcake wrapper with kosher salt and had them sprinkle the salt over their ice and then add three drops of food coloring.
They really enjoyed this!! However, in retrospect, next time I will make sure I put their mini ice chunks on baking pans. It was fine with 4 paper plates but clean up would have been much easier if they had the baking sheets underneath them!! 
My students loved observing their colors dig into their ice chunk and used so many great science words while discussing the activity with their friends! I love that “observe,” “predict,” and “outcome” are now common words that my students use when talking to each other!
If you do this, be prepared for messy hands. (maybe use gloves!!)  I had my students wash their hands a few times afterwards to wash away the food coloring; however, I’m sure you can imagine the multicolored hands they went home with. Luckily I have very supportive parents who LOVE hands-on activities and they took the blue and purple fingers with a smile and laugh. 
It was a really fun Friday and a great week of colors! I am very happy for a long weekend though!! 
{I am still building my stamina of waking up at 5am and staying at school way too late!!}
I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

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  1. Love this! I might have to try with my kinders. I am using your milk experiment next Friday with my kinders. Another day to dress up as the mad scientist. . .I hope my hair can stand up to all the teasing!

  2. Do you sell packs of all of your experiments? I always want to try them but without it on paper. ..I don’t always go back to it. Thanks. Veronicam81000@yahoo.com
    Veronoca

  3. Do you sell packs of all of your experiments? I always want to try them but without it on paper. ..I don’t always go back to it. Thanks. Veronicam81000@yahoo.com
    Veronoca

  4. SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I am lovin’ all your science activities!! Can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!
    XO
    Laura

  6. Great colour activities. I’m pinning:)

    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  • Love this! I might have to try with my kinders. I am using your milk experiment next Friday with my kinders. Another day to dress up as the mad scientist. . .I hope my hair can stand up to all the teasing!

  • Do you sell packs of all of your experiments? I always want to try them but without it on paper. ..I don’t always go back to it. Thanks. Veronicam81000@yahoo.com
    Veronoca

  • Do you sell packs of all of your experiments? I always want to try them but without it on paper. ..I don’t always go back to it. Thanks. Veronicam81000@yahoo.com
    Veronoca

  • SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am lovin’ all your science activities!! Can’t wait to get started! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!
    XO
    Laura

  • Great colour activities. I’m pinning:)

    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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