Inquiry and Science

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11910

Have you been asked to "take a wild guess" at something you didn't know about? Scientists take guesses too, but sensible ones. Put on your messy scientist clothes and use paint to learn science steps!

categories

Scientific Method

subject
Science
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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What happens when you mix different colors together? Put on your I-can-get-these-messy clothes and get ready to play scientist and find out!

You may already know what happens when certain colors get mixed together, or you may be curious about what will happen if you mix different colors together.

In this lesson, you take on the role of a scientist. If possible, now would be the time to change into clothes that can get messy!

Are you ready to become a scientist? Great! Before you take on the role of a scientist, you will need to know a few science words. Ask your parent or teacher to help you read the science words below:

  • Observation Looking at something and seeing how it changes or stays the same
  • Experiment Trying out something new to see how it changes or stays the same
  • Hypothesis Making an educated prediction about what will happen

You are almost ready to begin, but first you will need to be able to create good hypotheses (plural)! The example below is a good hypothesis, because it tells you what you will be doing in the experiment, and the predicted results of the experiment are logical (make sense).

  • A good hypothesis looks like this: "If I mix the blue and black paint, I think the blue will turn darker."

Now you are ready to be a scientist! First, you will need the materials listed below. You will use all of these supplies throughout the lesson:

  • paint (red, yellow, blue, black, and white)
  • paint brushes
  • paper
  • paper towels
  • water dropper (pipettes)
  • cups of water
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • foil baking tray
  • bowls
  • ice cube tray

You probably have a ton of stuff on your table! You won't need to use all of these supplies just this second.

For your first experiment, you will need all the paint colors, paint brushes, paper, paper towels, and a cup of water.

Do you have everything ready? Good! Start by reading the question. After reading the question, form a hypothesis. Test out your hypothesis for each of the numbered items:

  1. If you were to mix the red and yellow paint, what would happen?
    • Form a hypothesis. Share your hypothesis with your parent or teacher.
    • On your paper, mix a small amount of red and yellow paint together using your paintbrush.
    • What happened? How did the paint change? Was your hypothesis correct? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

Don't worry if your hypothesis wasn't correct. The great thing about science is that it is okay to be wrong, as long as you keep trying and working hard until you find success!

  1. If you were to mix the yellow and blue paint, what would happen?
    • Form a hypothesis. Share your hypothesis with your parent or teacher.
    • On your paper, mix a small amount of blue and yellow paint together using your paintbrush.
    • What happened? How did the paint change? Was your hypothesis correct? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.
  1. If you were to mix the red and blue paint, what would happen?
    • Form a hypothesis. Share your hypothesis with your parent or teacher.
    • On your paper, mix a small amount of blue and red paint together using your paintbrush.
    • What happened? How did the paint change? Was your hypothesis correct? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.
  1. If you were to mix blue paint with a small amount of black paint, what would happen?
    • Form a hypothesis. Share your hypothesis with your parent or teacher.
    • On your paper, mix a small amount of blue and black paint together using your paintbrush.
    • What happened? How did the paint change? Was your hypothesis correct? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.
  1. If you were to mix a small amount of white paint with red paint, what would happen?
    • Form a hypothesis. Share your hypothesis with your parent or teacher.
    • On your paper, mix a small amount of white and red paint together using your paintbrush.
    • What happened? How did the paint change? Was your hypothesis correct? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

Wow! You are a spectacular scientist! You completed many different experiments, created hypotheses, and observed the changes in your paint. Everything you just did is what scientists do!

Before you move on to the Got It? section, put your painting somewhere where it will dry, and clean up your paint brushes in a sink and leave them to dry on top of paper towels.

Did you have fun being a scientist? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

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