There are SO many activities for teaching and reviewing colors. After looking through my files, I was sort of bored with what I had and decided to embark on a new color adventure. Thanks to the The Creative Language Class, I had the idea to review the colors using authentic pictures and paint sample labels. But I needed the kids to do something a bit more interactive.
After two years of learning colors, I figured the 5th graders should dig a little deeper to use more Spanish. Describing something as red or green just wasn't going to cut it anymore! So, thanks to Home Depot and Lowe's, I had a set of paint samples for each student. Each student thought about what their shade made them think of and wrote the word in English first. I figured this would give us a jumping off point and help them be a bit more creative. Their homework was to then find the words in Spanish and be prepared to write them the next day.
Not only do we have a gorgeous color wall now, but the kids also have a long list of colorful adjectives they can use in sentences! I'm thinking I'll keep this up all year so that all of the students can enjoy the adjectives and colors. PLus...it's just so pretty!
Moving forward...The next step is to have the 4th graders take the photos from the color presentation and have them do a little research. I'd like them to find out where each of the pictures is from and to write just a line or two about what the picture shows. Not sure if I want the second part to be in Spanish or English, but I think it would be great to associate those pictures with various events and cultural items across the Spanish-speaking world.