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The Color Orange Lesson Plan

Updated on May 18, 2015
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

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Using all that is orange colored to learn about and enjoy our world

Another Rainbow Lesson Plan

There are many seasons in life and these can be used to teach us so much about our world. At the time of writing, the world seems to be an orange mix of vibrant colors, as the seasons change from Summer to Autumn- or Fall. As leaves that are the color orange display their glory on the trees, they ring out a message of change, vibrancy, enthusiasm and creativity to prepare for the time of shorter days and colder climates. Even in their warning, before falling in orange brown death from the trees, they give out an appetite and power that prepares us for the Winter months. It's as if they ask the question, "Are we ready?" There is so much around us to inspire us to be creative, thoughtful and enthusiastic about life.

In teaching children, much can be gained if they learn to be prepared and plan for their future, so that they are the master of their lives, rather than just being tossed around from one wind to the next. We want a generation who can say, "yes, we are ready and willing."

Although the ideas and activities in this plan were originally used with 3-7 year olds, they can easily be adapted for other ages too. In fact even adults will want to get stuck in and enjoy the activities with them.


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ALEX Toys Artist Studio 12 Inch Paper Roll
ALEX Toys Artist Studio 12 Inch Paper Roll

Use this paper for your foot painting and lots more!

 

Fun Foot Painting

To begin your session, have a tray of orange colored paint placed at one end of a long roll of plain paper and a bowl of warm, soapy water with a towel at the other end. Get the children to remove their socks and shoes. They walk through the tray of paint first and then along the length of paper, leaving orange footprints as they go. At the end they wash and dry their feet.

Introduce the session by writing a caption over the top of the paper, "We are ready to go."

Singing Time - Have the words, music etc. ready so that you are confident to lead strongly and get the children to join in.

Sing the following words to the tune of "three blind mice":

Stop look think (x2)

Before you cross the road (x2)

You use your eyes, you use your ears (x2)

And if no traffic at all appears,

Then you may cross the road.

A further song suggestion: To the tune of "If you're happy and you know it", sing "If you're ready and you know it" or "If you're ready for the story" etc....

No time to make your own props? Try this Traffic Light from Amazon.

Getting Ready To Cross The Road - You will need a traffic light that can be moved up and down as the lights change (I made mine out of card)

Show the traffic light and ask them what drivers have to do when they see a red light and a green light. When they see the color orange (amber), what must they do?

As you change the colour on your traffic lights, get the children to clap when they see red, put their hands in the air above their heads when they see the color orange and run on the spot when they see green. Keep changing the colours and let the children respond accordingly.

Talk about how you get ready to cross the road. What must you do first?

Ready For A Story Telling - Using candles (with close supervision according to the age of the children).

At this point in the lesson plan, get the children sitting quietly in a circle on chairs and as you tell this story, you could light candles for each of the five lamps that was ready and filled with oil.

Get the children to pretend to be asleep when they hear you say that the bridesmaids were resting.

Get the children to shout "The bridegrooms coming!" at the appropriate moment in the story.

When the children hear the part of the story where 5 bridesmaids went out to buy oil, 5 children leave the circle and an adult gives them a lighted candle each to take back into the circle, except they have to leave it outside (on a safe place) because they couldn't get in, the door was locked.

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Arch Book)
The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Arch Book)

This story brings out the need to be ready, so that we don't miss out on our future.

 

Orange Food For Snack Time - You will need plates, (age appropriate) knives, bowl warm water, juice squeezer

Provide a selection of orange colored food such as apricots, oranges, grapefruits, carrots and peppers. Talk about the different types of food, their nutritious value, where they grow and how you prepare them. Help the children to prepare according to their kind and encourage the children to try them.

Go Leaf Collecting

If you have time, take the children outside to collect their own dry leaves a day or more beforehand, so that you have time to press them ready for this activity.

Arts & Crafts With Orange Brown Leaves

Have a selection of dried leaves to make a colorful tree.

CHANGING COLORS OF AUTUMN REMIND US OF THE SEASONS OF OUR LIVES

Give each child a piece of paper and get them to rub over the flattened leaves with red, yellow and orange colored wax crayons onto the top part of their paper, forming the leaves, joining them up with lines for branches and adding a trunk underneath. Write a caption for their pictures.

We Are Ready

End your session by allowing the children to walk along their orange footprints, from the first activity, as they go (if they are dry of course).

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very nice - who ever thought of a lesson plan on the color orange. Pinned to my homeschooling and teaching board.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cute lighthearted lens idea. I really enjoyed my visit.

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      jbraithwaite3 7 years ago

      I think every color has its meaning and I don't know about so much the meaning of the orange color.

      singing tips | vocal coach

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I love this lens. Such a great way to introduce children to fall colors and fun games for indoors during the winter.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice fall lens. This sounds like fun.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Sounds like fun!