This unit consists of an interlinked
series of 6 multi-part experiments that use readily available
materials such as an inexpensive hand-held microscope, colored
transparency films and color wheels, a color computer monitor,
and colored, printed material (magazines, comics, cereal and
cookie boxes, etc.) The purpose of this unit is to help students
understand the color that they see in their everyday lives. Students
will develop an understanding of how color monitors and TVs produce
colors and how colors are made by printing and painting. Using
a single consistent model, the correct color wheel and complementary
colors are presented. Guides to using this unit at grades K-2,
3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 are included as are the correspondence of
this material to the National Science Education Standards and
the Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
Experiments are integrated with supporting written
discussions, graphical presentations of color mixing, color math
(addition, subtraction and algebra), color models of increasing
levels of sophistication (incorporating geometry and mathematics),
color mixing charts, and computer color activities. All experiments
include a teachers guide and a student worksheet for distribution.
An extensive series of color references is presented. This includes
books, web sites, and journal articles which discuss these and
other diverse color topics (history of the color wheel, how color
mixing has been utilized by artists during the different art
periods, and other applications of color theory).
This unit was developed by Dr.
Lawrence D. Woolf