Talk Together: Color Balloons

  • chart paper
  • "Colors" chart (from Day 1)
  • markers
  • objects (red)
  • paper circles (red, orange, green, blue yellow, purple, brown, black, white)
  • brown
  • color
  • orange

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.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.

Talk Together: Color Balloons

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STEM Key Concepts: There are many different colors

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

Review the color red. Ask children to share red objects they found at home or on their way home. Include these on the “Colors” chart. If they brought an object in, allow them to share it with the group. Display various red objects so all children can choose to share one if they did not bring an object.

Then hold up a brown circle and ask children to identify the color.

  • Write the word "brown" on the circle.
  • Ask children to name things they know that are the color brown. Say, Think about our explorations outside. Did you see any thing outside that was the color brown?

Repeat with an orange balloon.

Then glue the circle onto a large sheet of chart paper. 

  • Do the same with other color circles. (blue, green, red) Arrange them to look like a bunch of balloons.
  • Ask children to name an item for each color. Write their suggestions next to, or under, each “balloon.”

Take It Further:  Add other color ballons to the bunch if children are familiar with the colors (orange, purple, black, white). Ask them to name objects that match each balloon. You may want to have color books available for children to choose objects if they are unable to think of an object on their own.

English Language Learners: Ask children to name the color words in their home language. Write the words on the balloons. Have the group read both English and other language words.

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