At the beginning of the school year, I incorporate a color unit into my math block. Please see my reflection, where I discuss the reasoning for this unit and how it all ties in.
***Prior to reviewing colors, I send home a COLOR Week Calendar. Students are directed to wear a specific color of the day.
1. I gather my students onto the carpet, where we count how many of us have worn red today. Sometimes children will become upset if for some reason they do not have the color of the day on. I keep stickers handy for these situations, and would place a red sticker on these children.
2. On chart paper we create a list of red items together. For example: apples & fire trucks.
1. While children are still gathered on the carpet, I tell them I have a very grouchy red visitor! They love to make guesses and inquire who this will be.
2. I then proceed to read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. This story must be read with LOTS of emotion. The children love to hear the ladybug's grouchy tone. At the conclusion of the story, I have children share their own grouchy face with a neighbor.
3. Sometimes it is also fun to listen to this story online. At some point later in the day, when my students need a few minutes of down time, I will play the online version.
There is an ad that you will need to skip over, I make sure I do this prior to the lesson and just pause at my starting point.
Students will go back to their tables and color a Red Ladybug. This is a quick informal assessment for me to see which children recognize the color red. In the center of each table are buckets with multiple colors of crayons. I move around the room, and observe children picking out crayons as they color. If I notice a student making the wrong color choice, I stop and assist. This also allows me to see who can follow a simple set of directions, and observe fine motor skills (crayon grip, coloring within the lines).
To conclude our lesson, I teach the children the red song below. This makes a connection to what we have learned/reviewed today.
This song is to the tune of : Are You Sleeping? It also can be found on Teacher Tube, created by kinderteacher 317.
R-e-d red, r-e-d red
I can spell red.
I can spell red.
Fire trucks are red, stop signs are red too.