Draw and Write Together: “Colors” Chart

  • chart paper
  • marker
  • blue
  • color
  • dark
  • light

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.

Draw and Write Together: “Colors” Chart

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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)

ELA Focus Skills: Color Recognition, Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary

Tell children that over the next few weeks, they will be exploring different colors and sharing the observations they make.

Display a chart with the title “Colors” and a subtitle "Blue." Use a blue marker to write the subtitle. Read the title and tell children you will help them keep a record of different things they learn about color. Say, Let’s start right now. Ask questions to prompt children to think about the color blue, such as,

  • Can you find something in the room that is blue?
  • Can you find something that is light blue? Dark blue?
  • What did we learn about the color blue in our clothes? (different shades)
  • Are all blue things the same color blue? (some light/some dark)

Record children’s responses on the chart under a subheading “Blue,” and visit it several times during this exploration.

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