Hi, friends! It's almost April, and you know what they say... April showers bring May flowers! With that being said, this post comes just in time to explain how to complete a fun, little rain experiment with your little learners!
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If you read my Books Teachers Love post for February and March, you would have seen that I try my best to integrate my lessons across the content areas. I truly believe that this continuous repetition throughout the day is the best way to make new information stick with our little learners. It also is a great way to introduce important vocabulary words in context. Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Branley does exactly that.
It introduces a number of important vocabulary words related to rain and the water cycle. This adorable nonfiction text explains the water cycle in simple enough terms that are perfect for our little learners.
Down Comes the Rain also describes how the clouds fill up with tiny droplets. The droplets join together to form drops. When the drops become too heavy, they fall to the ground as rain.
- Foaming Shaving Cream
- Glass Jar
- Blue Food Coloring
- Pipette or Dropper
I decided to add some food coloring to a separate glass of water and use a pipette to add droplets to the cloud. This method worked much faster because the food coloring and water combined were much heavier than the food coloring alone.
My kiddos sure do love our rain unit each year, and they especially love this Rain Jar Experiment!
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If you'd like to give the Rain Jar Experiment a try in your classroom, just click the image below to pin it for easy referencing!
Don't forget to head over to this post all about rain and the water cycle! I've also included some ideas for a few of our favorite fiction stories about rain!
Here are some other great April read alouds and activities!