Talk Together: Color and Light

  • various red objects

  • color
  • darker
  • light (n)
  • light (adj)
  • lighter
  • shade

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
Language/L.PK.MA.1: Demonstrate use of oral language in informal everyday activities.
Language/L.PK.MA.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.

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.

Talk Together: Color and Light

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STEM Key Concepts: There are many different colors; A color can have many different shades (from very light to very dark); Objects appear to be a different color when viewed throughout a transparent colored material; The color of a light looks different after passing through a transparent colored material

ELA Focus Skills: Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Educator Prep: Place red objects of various shades around the room where children are able to see them.

Review colors with children. Say, Learning about color helps you become aware of the world around you.

  • Hold up a book with a red cover and ask, What color is the cover of this book? Can you look around the room and find some other red objects?
  • Allow time for children to name red objects. Encourage children to use complete sentences and the color word red when naming the objects.

Next, gather children around a window (if the sun is bright) or a lamp. Explain to children that the word light has more than one meaning. Say,

  • We have been using the word light to describe different shades of a color. Explain that light is also the source of energy that lets you see things. Ask children,
  • What do you think will happen to the color of this book if I hold it directly in the light? Let’s try it.
  • Discuss what effect the light had on the red book. Prompt children to use concept words such as light, color, darker, and lighter.  
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