AskERIC Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan #: AELP-GEN0006

Color Mixing

An AskERIC Lesson Plan

AUTHOR: Sue Fischer; Cheney, WA



 Science needs to be integrated and hands-on right from the beginning of school. Students need to get used to handling the tools and materials of science as well as learn scientific method and how science is a part of almost everything.


 This lesson introduces 1st - 3rd graders to the idea of scientific experimentation - data collection, hypothesis forming, and trial and error.

OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this lesson the student will know:

  1. The primary colors, red, blue, and yellow
  2. How these colors mix to make other colors
  3. How to use a simple data chart.
  1. 6 baby food jars or equivalent for each group
  2. four or more straws (thin ones work best) for each group
  3. three test tubes or equivalent for each group
  4. large bottle of red, blue, and yellow food coloring
  5. sponges to clean up spills water
  6. bucket for waste if no sink
  7. data sheet for each group

 At the end of the time, groups share prettiest, ugliest, and most unusual colors they made and tell how they made them. Only colors with formulas may be discussed. Ask who might do this task for a living and why. How will what they learned today help with any other tasks they might encounter in school or at home?

May 1994

These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center's Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.

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