Color Description

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Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, Art, Mediums

Grade 1- 3

Objective

Students make artistic booklets about color.

Directions

  1. Read Hailstones and Halibut Bones, drawing attention to the description of each color.
  2. Post the chart paper along the walls.
  3. Label with the headings looks, feels, sounds, smells, tastes.
  4. Select the color red and ask the students to think of things that "look" red.
  5. Encourage creativity when thinking of things that "taste" or "sound" red.
  6. For example, red could taste like a fat, juicy strawberry.

Red
apples
fire tuck

Looks
fat
small
large

Feels
hot
smooth

Smells
sweet
spicy

Taste
juicy
tart

Sounds
loud
like a siren


Show the students how the brainstormed lists can be used to write descriptions about the color red. Red is apples. Red feels smooth. Red smells spicy like pizza. Red tastes like a juicy strawberry. Red sounds like a siren. Reinforcing the Skill
  1. Distribute copies of lesson worksheet (page 103). The student completes the page by writing lists of words that describe each color.
  2. Written Application: Have each student write a color description.
  3. For each sentence of the color description, have a student paint a picture. For example, "Red is apples," might have a picture of a tree filled with apples. Have the student write the accompanying sentence on each page.
  4. After the paintings have dried, stack them together with a cover page and staple them together along the left edge.
Learning Center Activity
  1. Place the magazine pictures at a learning center.
  2. Encourage students to visit the center, select a picture, and think of ways to describe the colors.
Publishing Project Display completed color booklets and invite students, administrators, and parents to enjoy them.

Evaluation

    Lesson Objectives: Measure progress by reviewing each student's participation in the group activity and the learning center.

Resources

  • copy of Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill (Doubleday, 1990)
  • five sheets of chart paper
  • marker
  • copy of lesson worksheet for each student
  • construction paper
  • stapler
  • tempera paint
  • paintbrush
  • supply of magazine pictures

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