Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

… where classrooms are virtual.



I know you have heard me say this many times, but just because we are a virtual school doesn’t mean we can’t read awesome books, do science experiments, and HAVE FUN!

I’m doing a whole rainbow-themed week with my kiddos, and here are some of the fun things we are doing!

Story of the Week:

I chose The Rainbow Fish for our story of the week because it’s one of my favorites.  There are also lots of great free resources on TpT that go with the book!  Some of the activities we are doing include a story map, retelling, and writing about sharing/being a good friend.  I’m going to read the book during Class Time, but here is a great read aloud of the book if you don’t have a copy.

I am also sending this craft idea out to my families since we won’t have time in class to make this cute paper plate fish craft!paper plate

Here is a list of other children’s books related to rainbows!

Rainbow Science!

There are so many great rainbow science experiments.  Here are the ones we’re doing:

Rainbow Milk Experiment

  • You’ll need: milk, a plate, food coloring, dish soap, and a cotton swab
  • Pour enough milk to completely cover the bottom of the plate.
  • Add one drop of each of your food coloring colors to the milk. Keep the drops close together in the center of the plate.
  • Dip the cotton swab in dish soap and then gently touch the center of the plate with the cotton swab (do not stir).
  • See the magic!!

rainbow milk

Make Your Own Rainbow

I love SciShow Kids!  Here is a cool video I’m going to play to show the kids how a rainbow is formed and also how to make your own rainbow.

make a rainbow

Walking Water

  • For this experiment, you’ll need: 7 small plastic cups, paper towls (half-size), food in primary colors, water
  • Set your cups up like this (I put 5-7 drops of food coloring in each cup):

rainbow 1

  • Watch the cups and see what happens! The colored water will “walk” up the paper towel and down into the empty cup.  This is a great lesson about color mixing because you’ll end up with this:

rainbow 2


Brain Breaks:

I love a good brain break (we always stop halfway through our live lessons to do them) and I’m using these for our rainbow week:

Awesome Rainbows (Koo Koo Roo)

rainbow 3

Exercise and Learn the Colors of the Rainbow (Jack Hartmann)

rainbow 4

I know my kids will have fun with the rainbow activities!  I’m super excited and even have a rainbow headband ready to go.  Share your favorite rainbow activity below!



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