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Let your students explore colors and color theory with these fun activities!
Favorite Color Graph
A great introduction to graphing and tally marks for young students!
As a whole group, introduce how to make tally marks and how a “gate” shows a group of 5. Then, hand out the worksheets. Ask students their favorite colors one by one and model for the class how to record the student’s response using tally marks. (It would be helpful to use a document camera to project the teacher’s work or for the teacher to make a poster-size version of the tally mark chart.) After every student has shared their favorite color, count the total for each color and write the numeral in the correct spot on the chart.
Finally, flip to the next page to make a bar graph. Students who have done graphing before may be able to do this independently or with the suggestion that they write the numerals from the tally mark chart under the corresponding color of the graph before beginning. Younger students will need explicit modeling to show how they color in one box for each student who chose that color. **The graphing CAN be done without the tally marks, if you desire. Just record each student’s individual response on a class poster size graph (a great use of the easy to print art!) as your whole group lesson instead.**
Mice Mix Two Colors
A nice way for young students to experiment with color theory! I recommend letting each student choose two of the primary colors of finger paint. Write the colors they choose on the appropriate lines and put a dollop of each color in the paint splotch by the buckets. Then let them mix away. Be sure to ask the student what color they got by mixing the primary colors and record it. **This might be especially nice enlarged to 11x17 paper, if you have that available!**
Older students might be able to do this more independently with water colors and possibly writing the color words themselves.
Color Mixing & Color Mixing with Labels on Jars
These worksheets are a nice companion to a science center or if color mixing is done as a science experiment in a class. I suggest preparing small cups of red, yellow, and blue water mixed with food coloring (or water color). Then, using droppers, let students mix two primary colors together at a time and record their results (using crayons or markers). You may choose to let them mix their colors in other small cups or vials or to squirt them on coffee filters. It may be possible for them to squirt the colors directly on to the recording sheet, but I would test this before the lesson, as results will vary depending on the type and strength of the solution you use.
Mouse Sees Colors Mini-Book
Students can complete this book by drawing pictures of things that are the each of the six primary and secondary colors.
Assembly Instructions: Photocopy the pages front to back, pages 1 & 2 together and pages 3 & 4 together. Then place pages 3 & 4 inside 1&2, fold in half, and staple along the fold. The result should be a mini-book that lists the colors in rainbow order.
Mouse, Brush, Jar & Paint Can Clipart
This product includes clipart I have created to coordinate with and enhance the products in this lesson.
There is a folder of “easy to print art” in pdf format that I thought might be helpful in setting up a center or creating visuals to support the whole group aspects of a lesson. For example, you might want to print and cut out the jars of paint so you can easily show which two primary colors you’d like you students to mix together first—and what color you get as a result. Similarly, you might want to print and cut out the mice to create a large scale version of the graph on your board to model the lesson for your students. You may also use this art as part of a bulletin board or other classroom display.
There is also a folder of art in png format. This art is created by and copyrighted by Content with Connections.
You may find that the png format gives you a little more freedom in using this art in your classroom, as you can resize it more easily than a pdf, and you can create your own worksheets specific to your students’ learning needs with it.
You MAY use this clipart on any classroom forms, notes, projects or presentations that you want within your classroom. If you choose to use this clipart in a product that you intend to sell or otherwise market, you MUST credit Content with Connections and provide a link to my Teachers Pay Teachers store within the product description. Any products that feature the color mixing clipart (mice, brushes, paint cans or jars) must use them in a unique way, distinctly different from the way they have been presented in this product. You may NOT simply resell this clipart as its own product.
Thank you for using this art in a respectful and considerate way!
All art, photos and screen shots are by Content with Connections, 2019.