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Red Plus Blue Makes Something New!

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Author:Charlene Woodham Peace
System: Mobile County
School: John Will Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6431


Red Plus Blue Makes Something New!


Primary and secondary colors are important concepts for young children to master. This lesson explores this concept using a variety of technology.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
AED (K) Visual Arts
3. Create works of art to communicate ideas and moods.
  • Producing expressive portraits
  • TC2 (K-2)
    6. Identify uses of technology systems in daily living.
    TC2 (K-2)
    7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories
  • Evaluating accuracy of digital content
  • Example: determining fact versus opinion
    TC2 (K-2)
    10. Design original works using digital tools.
    Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will identify the two primary colors needed to create each of the three secondary colors. [Red and blue make purple. Blue and yellow make green. Yellow and red make orange.]

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    0 to 30 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    clear cups, tub tints (primary water color paints), pipettes, and water, overhead projector

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access, basic paint program such as Easy Color Paint, Kid Pix, or paint programs included with Microsoft Windows or AppleWorks, color wheel template (see attachment)


    The students should have been introduced to the basic colors through a variety of classroom activities.

    1.)Visit the website as a group. Use the interactive features of this Harcourt site to teach students to identify the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and to show them the process of making secondary colors (green, orange, and purple).
    (Harcourt School Publishers - Mixing Colors)
    This site is part of Harcourt School Publishing. It contains many interactive features for young children.

    2.)Use an overhead projector to prove scientifically that the Internet information is correct. Use six small clear cups arranged in a circle on the overhead surface. In advance use tub tints to create three cups for the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue). Use a pipette to add red to one cup, yellow to one, and blue to another. Allow one empty cup between each in the arrrangement. Next, allow for discussion and have the children predict the color that will be created by mixing red and blue. Add a pipette of red to the empty cup between red and blue and then add a pipette of blue to the same cup. Complete these steps for green and orange, too.

    3.)Open a paint program and access the color wheel template (save the attached "colorwheel template.gif" file to your hard drive first) by choosing "Open" from the "File" menu, then navigating to the file on your hard drive, highlighting it, and clicking the "Open" button. Ask students to choose the paint fill tool (tilted paint can) on the tool bar to the left and click once. Ask students to complete the color wheel by choosing purple from the color palette at the bottom of the screen and then clicking once on the empty space between red and blue. Repeat for orange and green.

    4.)Students may explore another color website for more ideas!
    This site has many interactive features, both educational and entertaining, to explore!

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    Assessment Strategies

    Teacher can determine student mastery of the concept by observing completed color wheels. These can be printed, also.


    Environmental items can be identified as either a primary or secondary color. These items can be illustrated with a basic paint program or a program such as KidPix Studio Deluxe.


    Students who have difficulty with these concepts can be offered a variety of hands-on activities such as mixing paint, pay dough, etc.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.