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Grades K- 2
Lesson: Primary/Secondary Color Studies

Students engage in a review the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, and that they cannot be created through mixing other colors. The teacher then reads “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Cross- curricular: literature). Students then engage in color mixing group demonstration through volunteer students mixing primary colors to create secondary colors in their hands. Through this demonstration, they conclude which primary color combinations create secondary color. Students then use their fingers as painting tools to mix primary colors that make secondary colors on paper. Through this process, they individually discover that red and yellow make orange, red and blue make purple, and blue and yellow make green. [Elements: Primary/Secondary Color Discipline: Painting]

• Students critically respond to what the primary colors are, that they cannot be created by any other color, and that they can be mixed to create secondary colors. (Standard 3)
• Students will actively engage in the process of creating finger- painted compositions by mixing primary colors on their paper to create secondary color. (Standard 1)
• Students will utilize paint to create a composition that displays the creation of secondary colors. (Standard 2)
• Students will develop an understanding of the primary colors and how secondary colors are made. (Standard 4)