During our unit, we learned that when you shine light into a prism, you can see a rainbow. My students explored shining light into our prisms but wanted to see more rainbows in our classroom. Lucky for us, that very day one of my students found a HUGE stick on the playground at recess. I asked my students if we should bring it in to create a light mobile and they were VERY excited to begin the process!!
We started with painting the stick. (Notice they started out painting it a rainbow!)
Then, once it dried, I set out a few cups containing different types of beads and objects. I also included craft wire and scissors. My students decided how long of a piece of wire they wanted and which beads they wanted to add. They worked hard selecting the objects they thought would reflect the most light.
They worked so very hard on this activity and it has brought in many older students who came to admire their art project.
My favorite part of this project was on Friday. We were sitting down during our closing circle and one of my students said, “Miss Smith, I just LOVE our mobile. It is so very beautiful.” To which the rest of the class chimed in with lots of “yeahs!” and “I love it too.”