Learning Activity Chromatography Project

LearningActivity: Chromatography Project

LearningActivity: Chromatography Project

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Explanation of Original Activity

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Revised Activity

Kindergarten grade level

Chromatography project

The learning activity that I have selected is chromatography. Chromatography enables the kindergarten children to understand colors. Chromatography involves the simple learning activity of separating color pigments (Hostettmann, 2012). Children are attracted by colors because they find excitement in observing, identifying, and discussing various colors. This learning activity is, therefore, effective for kindergarten learners because they enjoy recognizing and naming different colors. The discussion explains how the simple chromatography problem can be used to increase the understanding of kindergarten learners about cultural concepts and diversity.

Chromatography project requires easily available resources. These resources are: paper towels, clothespin, pencil, pipe cleaner, water, table spoon, clear cup, markers that are water soluble, and coffee filters (education.com, 2016).

There are seven important steps for the kindergarten chromatography project. First, the learners take the coffee filter. They are directed to indicate a line that is two inches above the filter bottom. Second, the kindergarten learners are told to fold the marked filter in half. Third, the children are instructed to decorate above the filter mark using markers. Fourth, the learner is told to pour water in the cup. The volume of the cup is two tablespoons. Fifth, the filter is folded twice in half. It is thereafter inserted by the children in the cup. Sixth, the colors will move in the filter in an upward direction. The kindergarten children are the asked by the teacher to identify the different colors that appear on the filter. The last step involves removing the filter from the cup. The learners are directed to unfold the coffee filter and leave it to dry (education.com, 2016).

The chromatography project can be revised to indicate cultural responsiveness. The different colors generated through the chromatography process can be used to represent the cultural diversity of the American society. The United States comprises several racial and ethnic groups for example, African Americans, Asian Americans, White Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Members of the American society, therefore, have different physical appearance. The African Americans and the Indian Americans for instance, are viewed as people of color in the United States and also globally. Despite the diversity of the American society, the people live in harmony as one indivisible nation.

The technology that will be used in facilitating the revision of the chromatography project is the Information Technology (IT). IT has the internet platform that is used by learners to research the images and names of various colors. The website www.education.com has useful and simple steps of implementing the chromatography project. Both elementary school learners and the teachers can understand the simple steps of separating colors through the website. Color literatures will be used in the project. “Colors in the Classroom Learning Environment – Color Your World” is one web article that assists the elementary learners to identify the different colors generated by the chromatography project.


Elementarylearners are taught to be culturally responsive by the projectbecause it is a team exercise. Each team will comprise members fromdifferent areas of the society. A team has members from differentethnic origin, religion, or economic background. The team projectalso enables the learners to appreciate the different perspectivesprovided by other members of the group. The children collectivelydiscuss the identity and meaning of colors. Together they make anappropriate decision on the identity and significance of each color(Smith System, 2016). Through the colors project, the learnersunderstand how to appreciate the diverse perspectives and backgroundof fellow learners and other members of the society.


Education.com.(2016). Chromatography for Kids Activity. Retrieved from http://www.education.com/activity/article/Color_Science_kindergarten/

Hostettmann,K. (2012). PreparativeChromatography Techniques Applications in Natural Product Isolation.Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

SmithSystem. (2016). Colors in the Classroom Learning Environment –Color Your World. Retrieved fromhttps://smithsystem.com/resource-library/article-library/color-world/