Thursday, November 8, 2012

Color Wheel

Finished color wheel

  First grade students at WES (BMS students will work on this soon!) learned about what a color wheel is today.  We determined that a color wheel is a tool to help artists mix colors.  We knew that primary colors are red, yellow and blue.  When we mix two primary colors together, we get a secondary color.  We used Crayola Model Magic, which is a soft, pliable product that dries in 24 hours.  It stays spongy and lightweight even when dry. 

1st grader mixing model magic


I made a worksheet for first graders.  I drew a circle and on the inside of the circle, I drew a triangle. I drew six dots around the circle.   Below, I made a box that had the color combinations listed (see image for reference). 
Each child received a piece of red, yellow and blue model magic.  we rolled each color into a 'worm' shape and cut them so that we had four pieces of each color.




1st grader working on color wheel

We started with our primary colors and glued a piece of each on the points of the triangle in the worksheet (see image for reference).  We then mixed our secondary colors and placed them on the appropriate spots on our color wheel (orange went between red and yellow, green went between yellow and blue, and purple went between red and blue). We had one more of each color at the end because we had cut our model magic into 4 pieces. We took the last of them and mixed them all together to create either neutral grey or a brown color.  We then glued that in the middle of the color wheel to show that all of the colors mixed make that neutral grey/brown. At the end of the lesson, we wrote down our color combinations and added some crayon drawings on our color wheel.  This is a really fun easy lesson for first graders.  Each child gets so excited to see the color change.  They all think this is a fun lesson.  It is also great for any teacher is a little weary of using paint to make a color wheel.  When using model magic, there is no mess to clean up!










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