I've had a super productive evening of photo editing and yearbook, so I'm going to do a post about a lesson I started today with kindergarten and first grade. I don't always double up on my lessons, and I actually prefer not to, that way I can re-use lessons next year if I'm in a pinch. The kids had a great time today, which always makes my heart feel good :). Kids were singing, dancing, and getting excited about learning! As the title of the post suggests, the lesson was teaching the primary colors and color mixing. I started by checking some prior knowledge and asking questions like "who knows how to make the color orange?" After I got a feel of what the students knew, I talked a little bit about color mixing and the fact that you can't make red, yellow, or blue because they are the primary colors. Then I showed these 2 videos. [I'm lucky enough to have access to a projector right now! AND to my Johnston County people, youtube works now!]
This one first:
And then this one:
I showed them in this order because the music video got them riled up, and then Mouse Paint got them settled back down. I got the students back to their seats where their supplies were waiting and I heard things like "Look! It's the primary colors!" [and then my heart smiled]
For this project I decided to make a color wheel out of mice, and I used templates for them to trace mostly to save time.
We traced 6 of these "drops" on our paper and then we turned them into mice:
Here's the mouse I used for the above images :) [my example mouse had 4 legs by the way haha]
We started with red first and I used q-tips to help control the amount of paint they were using BUT I do reuse the q-tips. I got the students to paint the red mouse and the yellow mouse, and then they put a few red dots on the mouse in between. [q-tips come in handy here] After that, the students used their yellow q-tip to add yellow to red and VOILA! Orange! The kids were amazed. I got as far as I could, but this will be a 2 day lesson for sure. [Plus I just HAD to show the music video again :)] I'll show you some finished products once I get some! I also meant to take a photo of my example and the board, but oh well!
How cute are these?? Have a great weekend!