ALEX Lesson Plan


Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own

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Author:Gail B. Holdbrooks
System: St Clair County
School: Steele Junior High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 9726


Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own


Students will summarize a Leo Lionni story through drawing and writing. Students will also mix the three primary colors to make secondary colors.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
AED (K) Visual Arts
1. Use selected materials to produce works of art.
Examples: water-soluble paint, clay
  • Creating works of art using a variety of traditional processes
  • Examples: crayon-resist paintings, folding and curling different kinds of paper
  • Creating two- and three-dimensional art forms
  • Examples: finger paintings, paper collages, clay pinch pots
  • Recognizing safe and proper use and care of basic tools, materials, and supplies, including scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, paints, paintbrushes, and clay
  • Example: properly holding and using scissors to cut paper
    AED (K) Visual Arts
    4. Identify line, shape, color, texture, and repetition in works of art.
  • Identifying similarities and differences in works of art
  • Examples: shape, color, size
  • Identifying media used in a work of art
  • Examples: paint, clay, crayons
    ELA2015 (K)
    5. Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems). [RL.K.5]
    ELA2015 (K)
    25. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative or explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. [W.K.2]

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will illustrate and write their interpretation of the story A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Students will mix primary colors to create secondary colors.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

    Students will discuss how chameleons use color for protection.

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    31 to 60 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Leo Lionni's book, A Color of His Own; crayons; student journals; red, yellow, blue food coloring; three containers of whipped cream, plastic spoons

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access


    The teacher should mix each container of whipped cream with one of the three primary colors of food coloring, so that one container contains red whipped cream, one contains yellow, and one contains blue.

    1.)The teacher will introduce A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni and the students will predict what the story will be about.

    2.)The teacher will now read the book, A Color of His Own as students listen and observe the blending of the colors in the illustrations.
    (Color Mixing)
    This site has a simple table with venn diagrams for mixing the primary colors.

    3.)To assess comprehension, the teacher will ask questions pertaining to the content of the story.

    4.)The teacher will divide the students into small groups and give each group three small amounts of whipped cream which has been mixed with red, yellow and blue food coloring. Students will then mix small amounts of the three primary colors together to make three secondary colors. Students should use red and blue to make purple, red and yellow to make orange, and yellow and blue to make green.

    5.)The teacher and students will discuss the results of mixing the primary colors.

    6.)The students will illustrate and write about interpretation of the story in their journals.

    7.)The students will share their interpretations with the class.


    Assessment Strategies

    Teacher observation of class participation will be the main source of assessment. Writing journals may also be used as an assessment tool.


    The students may treat themselves to whipped cream dip, with cookies and/or apple slices.



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