This day was much more focused on literacy and social studies compared to other days. We still began with the usual warm-up though today's was based on short answers in complete sentences.
Afterwards, we went back into the STEMscopes book and covered a reading passage on rainbows. It was a review that rainbows are the result of white light diffracted (split) through a prism into the seven colors of the spectrum. Of course, I just HAD to do a demonstration afterwards since I had the materials to do it (it is science, after all). I used a glass prism and a flashlight to shine a rainbow on the ceiling. The glass prism diffracted the white light into the seven colors of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) to prove that white light is made up that way. What about the reverse? Is it possible combine the seven colors mentioned above into white light? The answer is YES.
I had the materials from when I taught 6th grade science so this was easy to set up. I attached a circular shaped piece of paper divided into sevenths and lightly shaded with colored pencils resembling the seven colors of the spectrum. The wedges (the circle divided into sevenths) and/or the colors need not be perfect, just enough to be seen.
I then attached the circle onto the sanding disk, which was already attached to the drill. When I activated the drill, it caused the circle to spin rapidly and the colors blurred into a whitish color. It isn't perfect but close enough. Below are some pictures and a short video of my demonstration.
Next, I showed them the following YouTube video of a teacher doing a read-aloud.
Then, we did a lesson on the Wright Brothers in social studies. Students were each given a reading passage, they put their names on it, then followed along as I read aloud. We then did a K-W-L graphic organizer (What I Know, What I Want to Learn, What I Learned).