Students unpacked a poem about the colour green.
Green is the colour of spring.
Green is renewal.
Green is the colour of envy.
Green is a new crayon.
Green tastes like a crisp apple.
Green smells like fresh cut grass.
Green sounds like a croaking frog.
Green feels like soft, velvety moss.
Green looks like shiny emeralds.
Green makes me go.
Green is my favourite colour.
As a class, we identified the repeating sentence starter “Green is” noticing that the five senses were used to describe the colour using similes. Individuals identified how the adjectives added interesting detail to the poem.
Students then chose their own colour to write a poem about. Creating a brainstorm around our colour was the next step. Answering questions about the colour in their brainstorm was a key element of the activity.
- What things LOOK green?
- What things SOUND green?
- What things SMELL green?
- How does green FEEL?
- What makes YOU FEEL green?
- What things TASTE green?
- What EXPERIENCES or IDEAS seem green?
- Can you think of green PLACES?
As a class, we read The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt.
Then students went into Google classroom and opened their colour poem template. The student’s learning intention was to use descriptive language.
The student success criteria that we made together as a class:
I can follow a poem template
I can use similes to describe a colour.
I can use adjectives to add detail to my description.
I make sure I don’t repeat my ideas.
The poems were revised and, checked it against the success criteria, conference with the teacher for final proofreading, and suggestions made for improvements.
My circles show my knowledge of colour
Warm and cool colours
Primary and secondary colours
Next Steps - Sharing is Caring
Our whole school inquiry learning focus is around the elements of Visual Art. Room 3 found, writing colour poems, a successful learning activity that we enjoyed sharing with some other classes in our school.
Curriculum Links - English Speaking, Writing and Presenting - language Features - uses oral, written, and visual language features to create meaning and effect
Keywords - colour, poetry, language features
Attributed to - Read, Write, Think, Materials - www.readwritethink.org The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt, Wassily Kandinsky Colour Circles - www.nurturestore.co.uk