One of the wonderful things about rain is that it is often followed by a rainbow, reminding us of God's promise never to flood the whole earth again. How are rainbows formed? Does the angle of light make a difference in what we see? What two things are needed for a rainbow to appear? Can you make a rainbow yourself? How many colors are there in a rainbow? Why does a rainbow arch? Are raindrops really tear drop shaped? Do they come in different sizes?

Research

Make a few stops on the Internet (or read in an Encyclopedia) to learn about rain in various parts of the world. Make a chart showing the average rainfall certain cities receive in a year or a month. Who holds the world record for rain? How about a record for lack of rain? One great website is http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthrain.html

Vocabulary

Study these vocabulary words. How many of them do you know without looking them up? Precipitation, spectrum, sphere, arch, refracted, angle, reflection, vapor, condensation, rainfall, meteorologist, drought, virga, hydrological cycle.

Writing

Do you like to write? Write a story about a day in the rainforest. What happens when the sun comes up? What animals and insects do you see during the day and how does the rain affect each of them? What are the smells, sounds, and humidity deep in the tropical undergrowth? What do the plants and animals do as night falls? How much rain fell today?

God has created a wonderful system to water plants, fill streams and oceans, and give us water to drink. The next time it rains take a few minutes to contemplate that not a single raindrop falls without Him knowing and planning exactly where it lands. What an awesome God we serve!

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Paula Miller is a children's author, freelance writer, and homeschooling mom. She and her husband Travis live in south central Minnesota with their 3 sons. You can read more about Paula's Faces in History Series for children 7 and up by visiting www.paulajmiller.com

This article was originally published in the Mar/Apr '07 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com