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Here’s a fun idea for studying Insects that involves a new type of Painting
By – Barbara Hunt
Subject – Science, MultiDisciplinary
Grade Level – PreK-K
Several NON-TOXIC glow sticks (they are easily accessible at Halloween time, or you can purchase them from a store that sells automobile flares.
very small watercolor paint brushes.
Paint smocks (Chemical stains)
What the teacher needs to do: DO AHEAD
Bend and shake the glow sticks to activate the ingredients, (there is a glass tube inside containing one of the chemicals) using a razor blade remove the end of the plastic tube. Using a piece of cheese cloth strain the mixture into paper cups. Turn off the lights:
What the children need to do:
Words to introduce:
ilumination, dark, light
fireflies, chemical, ingredient, activate
What happens when the light is turned back on?
What happens after several hours?
Books to read:
“The Very Lonely Firefly” by Eric Carle
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