A Rainbow of
My Own ~ Don Freeman
What Makes a
Rainbow? ~ Betty Ann Schwartz
Colors of the Rainbow ~ Allan Fowler
Rainbow ~ Lois Ehlert
Goblins ~ Ul De Rico
Magic: Heather the Violet Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic: Inky the Indigo Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic ~ Sky the Blue Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic: Amber the Orange Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic: Ruby the Red Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic: Sunny the Yellow Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
Magic: Fern the Green Fairy ~ Daisy Meadows
A Rainbow of
Friends ~ P.K. Hallinan
School Bus Makes a Rainbow: A Book About Color ~ Joanna Cole
~ Roger Priddy
Rainbow ~ Frances Barry
Rainbow Colors Book ~ Salina Yoon
Hawaiian Rainbow ~ Stacey Daum
Rainbow Dream ~ Lucy Cousins
A Rainbow at
Night: The World in Words and Pictures by Navajo Children ~ Bruce
All Around Me ~ Sandra Pinkney
~ Yvette Lodge
Little Colors: Discover a Rainbow of Colors ~ Dugald Steer
Whale's Rainbow ~ Darrell Wiskur
Rainbow Fish is a coordinating unit.
appear when the sun shines on droplets of moisture in the Earth's
They form an
arc with red on the outside and violet on the inside.
cases a second, fainter rainbow appears with the colors opposite ...
violet on the outside and red on the inside.
are sequenced red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
"Roy G. Biv"
is a popular way to remember the order of the colors.
originally identified only 5 colors of the spectrum, leaving out
indigo and orange.
added indigo and orange to give a total of 7 colors similar to the
number of notes in a musical scale, number of days in a week, etc.
not really a color. It is a shade between blue and violet.
omit indigo from the rainbow spectrum because it is not a color and
is hard for the human eye to distinguish between the blue and
also be know as blue violet.
rainbows are arcs.
Board: When I heard this described I just couldn't imagine it,
but then I saw a photo somewhere on the 'net of it and it is so
cute! Have the children make chain links for each color of the
rainbow out of colored construction paper. Then staple them
onto the bulletin board in the shape of a rainbow. Have a
cloud at each end of the rainbow. It turns out so cute!
Then pick a title like "Color Us Happy!", "Somewhere Over the
Rainbow", "Kindergarten (or Fun or Learning) Is All the Colors of
the Rainbow", "Our Many Colored Days", "Our Rainbow World",
"Rainbows Rock" or something.
Recognition: Print this page for students to practice Letter R
recognition. Circle the letters using a rrrrrrred crayon.
:) After their paper has been checked for accuracy, they
can color their rrrrrrainbow.
Letter R Recognition
R Rainbow: This rainbow was created to reinforce the /r/
sound. The student was given a page of pictures and only those
that began with /r/ were to be glued on the raindrops. (The
pictures were from an old phonics worksheet that had been reduced in
size on the copy machine.) So you've got a rrrrrainbow with
rrrraindrops dripping with all these rrrrr pictures! :)
itself is one that I drew off on a paperplate, clouds included.
Then I painted a model for them to go by and explained how to stay
in the lines. Once it was dry, they added the clouds which are
cottonballs pulled apart and glued on. The raindrops were cut
using the Ellison machine. It has 3 sizes on a die and I think
this is the largest size. I added the strands of icicle
material with scotch tape because that was easier than trying to use
glue and waiting on it to dry. This is a multi-step project
and does take a while, so we did this rainbow one day and the
raindrops the next.
Match: Print on cardstock and laminate for students to practice
matching capital to lowercase letters ... or use as flashcards.
Rainbow ABC Match
Rainbows: These rainbows were created to reinforce rhyming
words. And boy, what a rhyming lesson this was! Much more than
I ever thought it would be! :) You can see the directions for
creating the rainbow itself above. My students painted one arc
and then while it dried, we worked on creating the raindrops.
Each raindrop has a rhyming pair, one picture on each side. I
had a whole page of pictures that I'd copied out of The Mailbox that
were just the right size and I cut them apart and spread them out on
the table (we're working in a small group). Each student got a
turn to make a rhyming pair for a raindrop. If they made their
rhyming pair, they glued the pictures on while the others took their
turn. For those who were having problems rhyming (which a
couple of mine did), I gave them 3 pictures, said the picture names
stressing the ending sounds, and let them choose the pair from those
3 pictures. If they missed it, I went to the next person.
Somehow, they all managed to get about the same number of raindrops.
And they were motivated to find those rhyming pairs because they
wanted those raindrops! :)
game: I also created a blank board game to be used for
whatever skill. My Ks love playing this type of game for
reviewing letters, sounds, numbers, shapes, etc. So I created
a rainbow board. I painted a huge rainbow on a piece of poster
board with 14 dots across the arcs. The dots were made with
Bingo daubers. They have to go from one side of the rainbow to
the other. The person that gets to the other side first wins.
I'm going to use bears for the markers. Got the idea from the
Care Bears. :) I also added some die-cut raindrops to
the bottom. I used the board with the rainbow ABC matching
cards from above for review of letters/sounds. *Got the picture, forgot the Bears! :)
Words: Print and color
Rainbow Color Words
Print and color. (Same sheet, two different formats)
Rainbow Ordinals 1
Rainbow Ordinals 2
green and yellow, too.
of the Rainbow
This is a
great song to use for colors or color word recognition. You
could put the chorus in a pocketchart and point to it while singing
the song. Then have cards with the colors and have students
match the colors to the words.
Carol, also created a movement activity for the song which can be
found at this link.
Crepe Paper Rings
(tune: Up On
the rain cloud passing by
raindrops in my eyes.
comes the sunshine up so high,
rainbow in the sky.
Ho, ho, ho,
who wouldn't go,
Ho, ho, ho,
who wouldn't go,
rainbow, yes siree!
rainbow with you and me.
You're Happy and You Know It)
If you want
to see a rainbow,
Just as it
With the sun
behind your back,
the colors stacked.
Oh, I love
A rainbow in
Jello: Use clear cups or containers and layer different colors
of Jello to produce the rainbow effect. This may take more
than one day. Pour in the first color and let set well before
adding the next color. (Make sure the Jello that you add isn't
too hot so that it doesn't melt what's already there) Keep
adding layers of Jello until you run out of colors or space!
Nilla Wafers: I'm not sure if these are still around, but at
one time, there was a Rainbow Nilla Wafer.
Pudding: Use the same concept as the Jello above, but use either
different colors of pudding or use vanilla and add food coloring.
Cake: I haven't done this in YEARS, so I don't know that I'll
remember exactly how to do it. (and I'm improvising the
rainbow part) Bake a white sheet cake, use a wooden spoon
handle and punch holes down into the top of the cake. Mix up
different colors of Jello separately in bowls. Pour some of
each color of the unjelled Jello into each hole. Frost the
cake with vanilla frosting and add a rainbow to the top using
sprinkles or whatever. Or write out the word "rainbow" or
something using icing or cake decorations. Be creative! (and
send pictures! ;) ) When you cut the cake, you'll have a
rainbow cake inside and out! The kids will be so surprised and
it really is good!
(reproducible book and activity sheets)
Understand Stories and Activities Gr K Evan Moor (EMC 637)
K Feb/Mar 2001
K June/July 2001
R is for
Theme Crafts for Kids
poems (2 rainbow poems about half way down the page)