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Lesson Plans

Re: Kindie Ideas

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Sun, 7 Feb 1999 11:50:01 EST

I have used Seuss' book "My Many Colored Days" with K and 1st grades, but
always skip the brown and black pages since they represent the bad days. Many
of the kids in the room would describe their skin as brown or black and I
thought that just dealing with the "good days" was a positive lesson. I had
the students draw self portraits and color themselves the color that they
felt. Then I helped them spell the word that they felt and one of us wrote it
on their drawing. I knew that I had done the right thing by skipping those
pages when an African American girl colored herself brown and yellow and said
she felt warm and happy. Susan

In a message dated 2/6/99 7:42:05 PM, LiteSal writes:
Dear Jill,

I'm planning a lesson that tries to convey that color can describe moods.
I'm using the book, "My Many Colored Days," written by Dr. Seuss and
illustrated by two others (don't know the names now). The illustrations
have these abstract expressionistic, monochromatic backgrounds with a simple
figure or animal incorporated or on top of the colors. I plan to read them
the book (discuss), then we will paint a background using a color that
represents the color of day they are currently having. Then, we will make a
simple figure cut or ripped from paper, that represents them. I haven't
tried it yet, we'll see. It may be a bit advanced, but they'll like the
story, and they love to paint, especially when they are not forced to
control it!

:) Leah>>