Watch Together: “A Peep of a Different Color” #1 (PEEP show)

  • change
  • color
  • mix
  • paint

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.

Watch Together: “A Peep of a Different Color” #1 (PEEP show)

STEM Key Concepts: There are many different colors; Two or more colors can be combined to make a new color

ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing and Listening, Vocabulary

Before You Watch
Tell children that they are going to watch PEEP and the Big Wide World “A Peep of a Different Color.” 

  • Explain to children that they will watch what happens when Peep, Quack, and Chirp discover different cans of paint and what happens when they suddenly become a different color.
  • Set a viewing focus for children by having them watch how the characters and the character's friends react to their new colors.

As You Watch
Model active viewing by referring to the characters by name and describing actions. Pause periodically and ask questions such as,

  • What do you think will happen to the ball when it ball lands in the paint?
  • How do you think Peep’s, Quack’s, and Chirp’s friends feel when they see their friends are different colors?
  • How do you think you would feel if your best friend was purple?
  • Why do you think Peep looks sad when he turns orange?

After You Watch
Focus on the colors mixed in the video. Ask questions such as,

  • How did Peep return to his original color, or his real color?
  • What happens in the video that is similar to what you observed while mixing paints? 

Talk with children about how Peep, Quack, and Chirp had fun mixing colors and looking different, but were happy to return to their own colors. Ask, How do you know they were happy to return to their original colors?

Social Emotional Tip: Use Peep’s, Quack’s, and Chirp’s experiences changing their appearances as a way to help explore children’s feelings about their own appearances. Guide children to identify what makes each of them individual. Steer children toward making descriptive and/or objective observations (“I have two ponytails/green eyes.”) to avoid having children focus on any negative feelings they have about their appearance.

Adaptation: If very young children have trouble concentrating during the video, stop and review after each significant plot event in the video. Ask children to guess what they think will happen next.

Educator Tip: Watching and discussing the selected PEEP stories and live-action video clips can spark and extend children’s interest and understanding of color. We suggest that children watch the videos after they have had an opportunity to do their own initial exploration of colors. That way your children can compare their experiences and discoveries with those shown on the video and think about what additional color explorations they might like to try.

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