Quick summary: Students make a rainbow in the classroom using a glass of water and the sunshine.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Year 1 Science
- Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
- Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020)
Year 5 Science
- Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-8ES, ST1-6PW, ST3-6PW.
Time required: 5 – 10 minutes.
Resources required: A glass of water (about three quarters full), white paper, sunshine.
Safety advice: None.
Keywords: Rainbow, refraction, light.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.