The target students are 4th graders. They have been learning English for one year. They have two periods a week. This is a mixed-level class. They can read simple words by using phonics rules. Students have known some colors.
“Colors” is a common but interesting topic for kids. Students are able to see numerous items of different colors in their daily life. Colors are everywhere and strongly related to the real world.
Students may have many chances to know simple colors through interactions in daily conversations with teachers. However, they may not have opportunities to learn the relationships between colors and how to apply color mixing into making colors.
Therefore, this course encourages students to learn by doing. Carl Orff says,” Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.” Initially, we “tell” a cute story to give kids the basic idea of color mixing. Then, we “show” students how to do color mixing. The most important is that students need to produce or create their own works.
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning create a positive atmosphere of learning. Thus, most of students’ works are done by pairs or groups. Students can benefit a lot from learning with peers. Discussing and negotiations clarify their thoughts.
In addition, on-line resources are good facilitators. We make use of several websites to teach students colors and color mixing. Instead of doing exercises or drills all the time, students can practice and achieve the learning goals through the well-designed websites.
Students are able to know and say the vocabulary of colors：red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black, brown
Students are able to comprehend and use the following sentences.
“What color is it? It’s ________.”
“Some things are _______.”
“______and _______together make _______.”
Students are able to know the primary colors and color mixing.
5-1-2 Being able to understand and identify some common English words used in daily life communication.
2. The Interests and Methods in Learning English
6-1-1 Being able to pay attention to the teacher’s instruction and demonstration.
6-1-2 Willing to participate in all oral practice activities.
6-1-3 Willing to answer questions from the teacher or classmates.
6-1-6 Accomplishing homework actively.
Sing a Song
Sing “Colors” with body movements.
“Red, red, red, touch your head.
Yellow, yellow, yellow, say hello.
Blue, blue, blue, see a kangaroo.
Green, green, green, eat ice cream.”
What a colorful world!
Teacher shows the PowerPoint of the vocabulary and instructs students to spell words by using phonics.
2. Teacher shows the slice of each color and making phrases by using certain color. For instance, teacher shows the slice of color “red” and then says “red apples”. Then, Students make their own phrases.
3. Students ask the teacher, “What color is it?” Teacher point to one thing in the classroom and the students answer, “It is _________.”
Pass the balls
Students pass a big ball and a small ball during the music.
When the music stops, the person who gets a big ball has to
point at one thing in the classroom and ask “what color is
it?” and the other one who gets a small ball has to answer the question.
4. Students describe what colors he/she made by using the
sentence pattern,”_______ and _______ together make
Interactive whiteboard, computer
Mixing Colors by Body: Sentence reconstructions
Each group gets flashcards ”and”, “together” “make” and
Puzzle floor mats of seven colors.
Teacher initiate a sentence, e.g.”Blue and yellow together make ________.
Each student holds the flashcard that teacher reads and stands in the right position to make the complete and correct sentence.
Once they finish, they need to read the whole sentence aloud.
The fastest group wins.
Flashcards, puzzle floor mats
Each student gets a worksheet for homework. Teacher
Explains the assignment to the students. (Appendix 2)
Teaching students colors and color mixing is fascinating. In the first period, students reviewed simple colors and learned some new colors. Eating is always kids’ favorite activity. Having the privilege to eat in the classroom made them exciting. Students had lots of fun eating M&M chocolates. They even did not notice that they were using English.
In the second period, students read a story from the website of “kizclub”. They enjoyed making their own big books. Each pair was responsible for only one page. It did not take much time and students could practice writing in an uncomplicated way. In the end of the class, students shared their works.
At the beginning of the third class, students’ motivations were promoted while “the magician” did the magic show. They were curious about how the colors changed. Then, students started to get some ideas of color mixing via story-telling. Since the story repeated the same sentence structure all the time, students could understand it easily and also made some predictions. After this class, the kids’ homeroom teacher informed us that they kept discussing about color mixing when they were in the break time. They did the magic show to their homeroom teacher.
As for the last period, multi-media really helped a lot. Students did not only learn color mixing but also learned British accent at the same time. Students were obsessed to the sorting room and mixing room. They did not want to leave when the teacher announced the dismissal of the class. Thus, it would be better if each student had a computer.
This course offers the kids opportunities to learn English as well as art. In English teaching, we sometimes meet the dilemma whether to play games or not. Teachers may wonder if students really reach the learning goals. In these four periods, we tried to achieve the language teaching goals and kept the fun parts. Our kids learned efficiently and had a great time learning English.
lass:__________ Number:_____ Name:__________
※Please color the baby bear according to the context.
【Hello! Everyone, I am baby bear. I have chubby(胖嘟嘟的) brown body and a big black tummy(肚子). Yesterday I overturned(打翻) the paints carelessly in the art class, so my hands turned to green and my feet turned to red. I wear a cute blue cap and a purple tie. Am I cool?】
Excellent! □ Good! □ Go! Go! Go!
Class:__________ Number:_____ Name:_____________
Fill in the blanks and color the animals.
1. red and yellow together make .
2. ________ and ___________ together make purple .
3. ________ and ___________ together make ______ .