Color Poetry Lesson Plan by Amber Crigger
Grade Level: 5th Grade Reading lesson
Lesson Design: Read the story Flashy, Clashy, and Oh-So Splashy: Poems about Color by Laura Purdie Salas.
Read the story to students stopping at each color and having students jot down ideas for their own poem as they go. They can do this in their reader's notebooks. Have them come up with two or three ideas for each detail (feels like, looks like, tastes like, sounds like)
After you read have students put together a poem based on the book they just read using a format that is given to them. The point of the poem is to use good descriptive words based on their senses.
Here is an example for the color red.
Feelings: I feel red when I have not felt well and miss my friends
Hearing: I hear red as the sun sets behind the mountains
Taste: I taste read when I eat the hottest red pepper I can find.
Seeing: I see red as the sun comes up in the morning.
After students have jotted down their ideas, they are to put those ideas into a poem.
Students are allowed to add in more details as they think of them. Remind them that poetry used good descriptive words.
It is fun then to be creative with the presentation of the poetry. Have students write in the color they used on a white piece of paper. Then have them attach that to the same color of construction paper. You can then hang these outside for parents to read at teacher conferences.