A page from the "Causes of Color" exhibit...

Lesson 1 (All causes)


Science, Art, Language Arts


6, 7, 8


To understand the causes of color;
to conduct “color” lab activities;
and to create a node map

Time frame:

2 - 3 weeks


Computers connected to the Internet and printer
Notebook or science journal
Pencil or pen
Causes of Color WebExhibit
Materials to make a light bulb
Materials to scatter light
Materials to separate a mixture of colors

Lesson 1: Explore the causes of color and make nodemaps.

Author: Margaret Stenerson

Why is the grass green and the sky blue? Your students can get answers to these questions and others by exploring Causes of Color, doing several hands-on activities, and mind mapping and communicating what they learn using fun, interactive nodemaps.

Read background on the physical causes of color, use of nodemaps, relevance to standards and benchmarks, and vocabulary. Go »

Go to the lesson plan for Middle School students, designed for approximately 2-3 weeks. Go »

See the student instructions with background and procedure for kids. Go »