Yellow Day!

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Objective

Students will identify the color yellow.

Big Idea

Students will BUZZ about the color yellow!

Introduction

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 yellow 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 yellow sticker on these children.

2. On chart paper we create a list of yellow items together. For example: bananas & lemons.

Shared Reading

15 minutes

1. While children are still gathered on the carpet, I tell them I hear something yellow buzzing in the room. We all stop and listen; at this point the children usually start to call out "bumblebee"!

2. I then proceed to read Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson. The message in this story can sometimes be difficult for students. Buzzy is told that scientifically, he should never be able to fly due to the weight of his body. In the end, he realizes he can do whatever he sets his mind to, no matter what anybody else says. I explain to the children that their year in Kindergarten will be amazing, and praise how smart and capable I know they are. 

Independent Work

15 minutes

Students will go back to their tables and color a yellow bumblebee. This is a quick informal assessment for me to see which children recognize the color yellow. 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).

Wrap-Up

5 minutes

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

Yellow

Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow!

Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow!

Like the morning sun

When the day has just begun

Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow!

Daffodils and baby ducks are yellow

Lemonade and scrambled eggs are yellow

I like the smiley face that's yellow

He is such a happy fellow

Y-E-L-L-O-W spells yellow!