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Color Burst
This lesson will help students gain experience in asking questions and conducting inquiry by exploring the separation of colors in water and other solvents; and to communicate and share findings of student investigations. The lesson uses a technique called paper chromatography, which is demonstrated using water, ink, and a coffee filter. Scientists use chromatography frequently to separate and identify the component parts of a mixture. This lesson will help young students gain experience in conducting simple investigations of their own while working in small groups.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Chemistry
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright AAAS 2002. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-549
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Science Netlinks'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science NetLinks

Publisher: MarcoPolo Education Foundation