Draw and Write Together: Hunting for Colors

  • chart paper
  • crayons
  • paper (drawing)
  • paper circles (blue, green, orange, purple, red, yellow)
  • stickers (different shape for each child)

MA Standards:

Language/L.PK.MA.5.a: Demonstrate understanding of concepts by sorting common objects into categories (e.g., sort objects by color, shape, or texture).

MA Draft STE Standards

Physical Sciences: Matter and Its Interactions: Structure and Properties of Matter/PS1.A: Describe, compare, sort and classify objects based on observable physical characteristics, uses, and whether it is manufactured as part of their classroom play and investigations of the natural and human-made world.

Head Start Outcomes:

Social Emotional Development/Self-Regulation: Follows simple rules, routines, and directions.
Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 4: Engage in play experiences that involve naming and sorting common words into various classifications using general and specific language.

Draw and Write Together: Hunting for Colors

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ELA Focus Skills: Sorting and Classifying, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: Prepare a set of color circles for each child. Stick a sticker on and write each child’s name on a blue, green, orange, purple, red, and yellow circle. Place colored objects around the room.

Write the words red, yellow, blue, green, brown, orange, and purple on the chart paper. Use a marker in corresponding colors to write the color words. Gather children in a circle to discuss the color words.

  • Tell children that they are going to go on a color hunt around the room looking for items that are the same color as their color circles.
  • Stick a different sticker on each child (one that matches the stickers on their set of colored circles.)
  • Give children a set of color circles and say, When you find one object of each color, put your matching color circle next to the object. Be sure we can see the sticker and your name so we know which child owns the color circle.  Demonstrate for children.
  • Have children return to the meeting circle when they have found all their items or encourage them to help others who are still hunting.

Once all children have placed their color circles, ask them to dictate or write what objects they found. Read the chart aloud, tracking the words as you do. Encourage children to draw pictures of the objects and glue them next to their entries on the chart.

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