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 blue 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 blue sticker on these children.
2. On chart paper we create a list of blue items together. For example: blueberries & lakes.
1. While gathered on the carpet, I read The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen . The children love hearing about the adventures of the soggy blue balloon. The book is fun, because the pages unfold to show a BIG blue balloon; children love this.
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:
Students will go back to their tables and paint a blue balloon AB pattern. For example: blue, red, blue, red. When I model this, it is important to stress that one color in the pattern must be blue just like in the story. The second color is free choice.
I use watercolor paint. I make sure I have enough paint for every 2 students to share a set. I place small paper cups of water between each group of students.
This is a quick informal assessment for me to see which children recognize the color blue. 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, observe fine motor skills (painting within the lines), and create a simple pattern.