Draw and Write Together: Pages of Blue

  • glue
  • hole punch
  • magazines
  • poster board squares
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • blue
  • color

MA Standards:

Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: Pages of Blue

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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, Vocabulary, Concepts of Print

Educator Prep: Before gathering children together, punch holes in the squares of poster board.

Draw children's attention to the materials. Tell them they are going to look through the magazines and cut out items that are the color blue.

Explain to children that they will glue the pictures onto a square of poster board paper. Say, Once everyone has a square completed we will make a book for the Library Center called "Our Pages of Blue." 

Give each child a poster board square and offer help as needed.

  • After each child has made a square, ask him or her to describe one blue item on the page. Encourage him or her to use new vocabulary. Have children dictate or write a label for the item (e.g., a light blue sweater). Ask them to write their name on the page and accept all levels of writing. You may want to write children's name on the back of the page if some letters are not yet formed. 
  • Then gather children together and put a ribbon through the holes to make a group book “Our Pages of Blue.” Allow children time to share the page they created. Place the book in the Library Center for children to revisit.

Social Emotional Tip: As children share and discuss their work, help them build confidence in their own ability, pride in work well done, and appreciation for the ability of others.

Adaptation: For groups with younger children whose fine motor skills are not yet developed, you may want to have a pile of precut magazine pictures. Include items that are blue as well as other colors. Have children go through and pull out the blue items for their poster square.

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