Thursday, March 24, 2011

Color Word Adjective Activity {first, second, third grade}

Through our reading series we have been studying color words as adjectives this week.  Again, I don't really have anything against Treasures, but I really feel like first graders need a lot more than pencil and paper work to understand something!  {PS.  Anyone else with 1st Grade Treasures please tell me why they do inventors/inventions TWICE...and a month apart from each other?!  Grrrrrr!}

Okay, so I started by explaining that there are many shades of colors, as evidenced by a box of 96 count crayons and how much more exciting we can make our writing when we use awesome color adjectives as opposed to plain old "red," "blue," "yellow," etc. 

I pre-made a whole group graphic organizer and labeled the 6 main colors on it.  I then asked the students to help me sort some of the color names I found inside the big box of crayons.  {Ahead of time, I'd already chosen the shades I wanted to use and set those crayons aside, along with a set of stickers to name each color.}  As I called out the color name (i.e. cornflower, wisteria, mango tango, etc.), the students had to guess what color it was a shade of.  Then, the student who guessed correctly stuck the sticker on the chart and colored in the sticker with the crayon. 

Afterwards we completed a writing activity - the students colored in the crayon in the picture box and then labeled it (with stickers I'd made), drew a picture using that color, and then wrote a sentence using the color name.  {I will admit, this was a little difficult even after modeling it.  When I do it again next year, I might have them do it as I model it on my document projector step-by-step.}  However, they still turned out pretty cute!

Looooove this one!  If you can't read it, it says, I laid in the sun and my skin turned atomic tangerine!  Ha!
If you're interested in the worksheet, click the picture below :)


You'll have to download the stickers separately HERE and HERE.  The larger stickers I used on the big chart were geared for my specific lessons using the 18 colors I chose.  The smaller stickers I used for the worksheet are the colors I chose, plus many other unique colors from the box of 96.  {Also, you don't have to use them as stickers!  You could always just print them out on regular old paper and glue them on :)}

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In other news, our school's Energy Team put on an "energy" week and each class was to come up with a project made from recycled materials.  I gave my kididdles complete control of our project (with the exception of assisting them with some hot glue gunning) and they made a "futuristic space car."  My favorite part is the flag, complete with a Diet Coke - because one of my students thought that represented me best!  Ha! 


There were many super cutie projects around school.  Here are some of them...





And, lastly, if you saw sweet Cara's recent post, then you fell in love with her large dice made from recycled tissue boxes!  How cute are they?!  Well, I just so happened to find some perfectly square mini-tissue boxes for sale in the Target Dollar Spot tonight perfect for Cara's idea!


Just to show you the size difference.

TGIalmostF!!!!  {That is one of my FAVORITE things to type since it means the weekend is one school day away!!!!}

PS.  How stinkin' cute was The Office proposal tonight?!  Not gonna lie - I was crying!  Totally pumped for Will Ferrell as the new boss though!!!

40 comments:

Krista said...

Your blog is awesome!!!!!! Absolutely love it!! You have amazing ideas! After seeing, Cara's tissue box idea I went out and bought some. I made a sight word graphing activity! I must go and check out my target tomorrow.. I love the tiny ones!!

Team Carroll said...

You are seriously too dang cute, sweet friend! LOVE this idea!! Thanks for the downloads :) And OMG...I had NO idea Target was rockin' the mini tissue boxes. It's been FAR too long since I've paid the dollar spot a visit!!! Can't wait to grab some of my own!! LOVE IT!!

Amanda said...

I absolutely love the sentence saying the skin turned tangerine orange! This is a great activity

Elisabeth said...

Girl you and Cara seriously make me want to step up my game and be a better teacher! You girls get me so excited about school and all your neat ideas! Thanks for sharing all your ideas! You are an inspiration. :) And my school doesn't have Treasures but we have Houton Mifflin and I agree the first grade kiddos need more than the worksheets.

I am fixing to buy some of your TPT products. I've never purchased anything from there but I can't pass up some of your latest creations!:)

Elisabeth
www.missdelk.blogspot.com

Kate.Mich said...

Thank you for sharing your newest Adjective idea. The Atomic Tangerine page is just too cute!

Fern Smith said...

I love your site and all your fresh ideas! I was reading away and then was just thrilled to see your Office comment...I was teary-eyed and then the sprinklers? What a classic Micheal Scott ending! Can't wait to see what Will F.'s character is going to do!
Thanks for the great ideas,
Fern
fern-smith.blogspot.com

Mireya Aguirre said...

Just wanted to thank you for sharing all of your awesome activities!!! My kiddos have truly enjoyed doing more hands-on activities than those boring worksheets!!

Coming up your Pirate Unit!!! LOVE IT!!!!

Mireya
yayaagu@aol.com

Ms.M said...

I just love the Crayon box idea. I have to see where I can squeeze it in my lessons because I know I am going to do this with my students.

Ms. M
www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

Caitlin said...

You are awesome! I love the crayon colors idea! We just began poetry and this will be a great mini lesson to help the kids to add more "colorful" words!

Thank you!

caitlin http://rockcollectionsandcupcakes.blogspot.com/

Fran Kramer said...

The tissue box idea is brillant but I want to share some other thoughts I have seen. Michael's craft store sells small brown boxes you can cover in gorgeous scrapbook paper but...I found soft cubes where you format the picture or card and slide it into a clear pocket. My kids love these for sight words and math activities of all kinds. See what you think.Check it out on my blog
Fran kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

Ms. Simoneaux said...

Love this idea! We use Treasures too (we are a week behind you, so I will definitely be doing this next week, Thanks). As far a Treasures this is how I feel "zzzzzz". My students FOR SURE need more than paper and pencils! My coworker and I get frustrated all the time with the way Treasures is sequenced: so much jumping around from one concept, to a new concept, and then back to the old concept! Obviously, not written by teachers! I really have enjoyed using some of activities to enhance our lessons!
-Ms. Simoneaux
http://firstgradefresh.blogspot.com/

Fran Kramer said...

The tissue box is a brillant idea and pretty! Michael's craft store also has small brown boxes that are cubes. But I found soft cubes with clear pockets on Amazon and you can slide cards right on. Once you format yor cards it is easy-peasy. My class loves this and it is so easy to change. See what you think. Check it out!
Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com
This blog is so adorable!

Busy Bee said...

Adorable activity for color word adjectives! I love it and can't wait to try it in my classroom. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Martha-Carol

Allison said...

Glad to know I wasn't the only one tearing up at Michael's proposal! Loved it!

Erin Scott said...

LOVE the crayon idea! Thanks for the downloads, I will have to do this next week.
~Erin

http://firstgradefanatics.blogspot.com

Laurie said...

LOVE the crayon idea!! Moving to first has really made me tap more into my creativity (which I love)! You're so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

Ms. Thomas said...

Just like Ms. Simoneaux said (I am her bestie in first) we fall asleep when it comes to Treasures! I wish the themes were more in depth so I could come up with a bunch of great activities! So glad though that you are doing Treasures too! We should all share our ideas when we get bored!

-Ms. Thomas
thefirstgradejungle.blogspot.com

Jamie said...

Love the dictionary activity! My kiddos love looking through it :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

jennifer said...

I am 2 weeks behind you in Treasures so I am LOVIN that I found your blog! I can't wait to do it ALL!!!!!!

~*~Ash~*~ said...

I taught about adjectives with crayons this week, too! Love the sheets for yours. After the crayon activity (and many more focused on adjectives), I had my kiddos create a basic storyboard and make an "adjective movie" in small groups with a flip camera.

http://teachinghappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

Jacy said...

Love your blogs so much!!! Thanks for the color word adjective ideas!! I'm totally doing this next week with my Kindergarten class!!!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

Love the crayon adjective activity. I've been pushing the little ones to stretch their word power and get away from using "dead words." I had to do a mini lesson yesterday on revising our writing to incorporate powerful synonyms. Check out my blog. (Plus, Cara just got finished working her magic!!) Your crayon activity fits right into this concept. Thanks for sharing.

First Grade Factory

Mrs. M said...

I also use the Treasures series and we all add a lot to the series. We dressed ourselves up in very crazy clothes, shoes and hats and introduced ourselves as the Adjective Lady!! The kids had to describe my look! We took a picture of the Adjective Lady and then put "her" picture in the middle of the chart paper and branch off of the items to use adjectives. It looked like a web graphic organizer. We still bring up the adjective lady!!

Your crayons are a great idea!

Lori
www.littlepriorities.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

really enjoy your blog and so...
I'm awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award!
Just link back to my blog from yours and follow the directions posted there!

Lisa
K is for kindergarten
http://www.iteachkinderkids.blogspot.com

absees123s said...

Thank you so much for sharing this cute idea! I LOVE your blog and you FANTASTIC sense of humor! I haven't found the small kleenex boxes at our Target here, but will keep looking. I agree with you about Treasures..it has NEVER been my favorite series and we're up for adopting another after next year...YEAH! Anyway, thank you so much!

Miss Sullard said...

I love your blog!! Who designed it?

Cristy Wagner said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me! Love the crayon adjective chart! You rock! Thanks for sharing!
Have a great week!
Cristy
www.krazy4kinders.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I am using your crayon adjectives activity today with my ESL students! I tried it at home first with my own boys and they loved it! Weren't too excited about work on the weekends, but once we started they had fun! I made a game out of guessing and checking the crayon colors and by the time we got to the writing part (my third grade boy is very reluctant writer) they were so into it they forgot they were writing!

iteachk said...

Love your descriptive writing ideas using crayons! My kindergartners would get into that too!

Ms. Riddle said...

LOVE the crayon graphic organizer! I've been looking for good lessons to teach adjectives! My last lesson was a flop. Thanks for all the amazing ideas!

Mandi said...

Super cute ideas as always! And LOVED The Office proposal too!!

Amy said...

Today my ELL students finished up their sentences using your Crayon Adjective Activity! They did such an awesome job! We added a web on the dry erase board of adjectives to describe colors and used this to help us write our sentences.

I blogged about it here
http://totalteachaholic.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-i-learned-today.html
and linked your site and activty!

sailingintofirstgrade said...

You inspire me everyday to be better and think outside the box! Thanks for sharing your GREAT ideas!

Mrs. Krol said...

My class did your color word adjective activity this week and they loved it! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Ashley said...

I LOVE your blog! You are so creative! I also love the idea for the dice. YOu know I will be headed out to Target to search the dollar section. Yay for Friday! :)

Ashley

www.mrssimpsonskindergarten.blogspot.com

Laurie said...

I did the Popcorn Adjectives and Crayola Crayon lesson this week and the kids LOVED them both. THANKS for sharing your ideas!! I have some pics up on my blog if you want to check them out.

Laurie

http://firstgradelyonsden.blogspot.com/

Sara Whitten said...

Thank you for sharing this! I tied it in with my favorite read aloud; "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm" by Jerdine Nolan. Then it turned into a fun mini-unit. Don't worry, I pointed my team to your blog to credit you for my inspiration.

Rachel said...

I'm taking next week off from out core reading program and am really excited to use the crayon activity! My kids will go cuckoobananas for it I'm sure. Thank you for continuing to inspire!
Asartiparty.blogspot.com

todohudson said...

Great "teaching" minds think alike. I am also using your adjective lessons with the book Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. I cannot wait to see the kid's expression tomorrow when they see the giant crayon box on the board! Thanks for you wonderful ideas.

Lance Campers said...

Um...how do I say this? YOU RULE!!! You made magic out of "Explain to children that color words are adjectives that describe what things look like. They tell about nouns. Point to something red...Have children identify objects in the classroom by color...blah blah blah..." How did they do that? How did Treasures manage to make a lesson on colors so dang boring? Ah well. You are one heck of a Lemonade Maker!!! I'm a homeschooling parent in Los Angeles, and my daughter (who loved Treasures when she was in kindergarten) wanted me to use it at home. So we use the ONLINE version which made me extra bitter, once I realized what our lovely kindergarten teacher from last year had to deal with. You teachers are all tremendously awesome for not throwing in the towel, and for using lots of teaspoons of sugar to make this medicine (a.k.a. Treasures) go down!