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Mixing Colors

Mixing Colors is a lesson plan that gives students a chance to explore the exciting process of combining primary colors to make secondary colors! This lesson is hands-on and filled with learning opportunities for students.
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Students will be able to identify the basic colors. Students will be able to make predictions and observations. Students will be able to take part in experiments. Students will be able to sort colors into categories.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that today they will be conducting experiments using colors.
  • Have each student take turns going around the room and identifying the color of one object in the room, such as a clock or a book.
  • Ask each student to tell you his favorite color.
(15 minutes)
  • Read Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet.
  • Have students take turns participating throughout the book. For instance, when the book asks for students to touch the blue paint and rub the yellow blob of paint, have a student come up, rub it, and make a prediction as to what color they think yellow and blue will make.
  • Next, tell the class that they will have the chance to mix real paint.
(10 minutes)
  • Seat each student at a table with one empty sandwich bag in front of him.
  • Have them select the colors they wish to mix.
  • Ask them to predict what color they think their paint choices will create.
  • Walk around the class, and help your students squirt two primary colors into the bag and seal it tightly.
(10 minutes)
  • Invite students to squish the paint around the bag until it is thoroughly mixed.
  • Ask students to identify the color that is created.
  • Then, give each student a Venn diagram and a crayon box.
  • Have the class put the two primary colors in the outer circles of the diagram and put the color they created in the middle. Instruct your students to color the circles in.
  • Enrichment: Give students various fingerpaint colors and have them mix them on paper. Ask them to identify the colors that they came up with.
  • Support: Have students use food coloring to mix colors into water to see what can be created. Give your students The Color Green worksheet or a similar worksheet to practice with one particular secondary color.
(10 minutes)
  • To conclude the lesson, give each student an egg carton that has different colors painted in each hole. Give students a handful of buttons and ask them to sort the buttons into the right color hole.
(5 minutes)
  • Check each student's egg carton to make sure they placed buttons in the right spot!

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