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Show Your Colors!


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    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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Show Your Colors!

In this family or group activity, learners conduct a chromatography experiment to reveal the colors that leaves "hide" under their green pigments. Use this experiment to predict what colors the leaves will "turn" in the fall.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (acetone)
  • small glass jar
  • several green leaves from different trees
  • ruler or meter stick
  • marker
  • pencil
  • paper clip
  • paper coffee filter

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Seasons
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Smithsonian National Zoological Park,

Funding Source:

  • FujiFilm

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