Purple Day!

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Students will identify the color purple.

Big Idea

Students imagine the possibilities of a purple crayon.


10 minutes

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 purple 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 purple sticker on these children.

2. On chart paper we create a list of purple items together. For example: plums & violets.

Shared Reading

15 minutes

1. While children are gathered on the carpet, I read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The children love to hear about the adventures Harold's crayon creates.

2. 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. If you are fortunate enough to have a smart board use this link for an online read aloud:


Independent Practice

15 minutes

Students will go back to their tables and create a picture using a purple crayon on the given paper. This is a quick informal assessment for me to see which children recognize the color purple. 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). 


5 minutes

To conclude our lesson, I play the purple song below. This makes a connection to what we have learned/reviewed today.

The song can be found on YouTube at: