Lesson Plan: Colored Eggs

Lesson Plan Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Student Name: Dara Potocska

Date plan submitted: March 11, 2013

Date plan implemented with children or peers in class: March 11, 2013

CHD course title for which this plan was assessed: 145

Title of Activity: Colored Eggs

Ages of Children: 3-4

Format (check one box): large group □ small group □ individual □

Main Content Area (check box): □Language and Literacy □The Arts (music, movement, dance, drama, visual arts) □Mathematics, □Science □Social Studies □Physical activity/Physical education □Health & safety

Organizational Procedures for Content:

1.    Concepts: Differentiating colors and learning how colors come together to make new colors. Practicing fine motor skills through painting, dipping eggs in food color, using markers and crayons, attaching stickers, and applying tissue paper.

2.    Alignment: D5 - Explore colors and shapes of objects. Fine Arts Strand 4: Visual Arts. Milestones of Child Development, page 118.

3.    Learning Objectives: The children will be able to choose a medium with which to decorate their egg(s) during the activity following discussion about the project with the teacher.

4.    Rational:
(1) Continued exposure to fine motor activities are important for children because they help develop small muscles in the body that enable writing, grasping small objects, building up self-help skills for eating and dressing, and in creating detailed work. 
(2) Learning the difference between colors and how those colors come together to make new colors is important for children to help teach cause and effect, organization and classification of objects due to likeness and differences, and gives further avenues of self-expression.

5.    Prior Knowledge and Foundational Experiences:
(1) Introduction into needed fine motor skills has been shown through prior projects in the month where children have collages and used paint brushes, markers and crayons.
(2) This project will encourage children to experiment with color and to further develop an interest and understanding in artistic expression through use of color and fine motor items.
(3) Interest has been determined through observation of children's enjoyment of other art related activities and use of the activity center to create art.

6.    Materials and aids:
Boiled Eggs - 3 Dozen (children may use more than one if desired)
Food Coloring - colors: red, blue and yellow.
Tempura Paint - colors: red, blue and yellow.
Tissue Paper - colors: red, blue and yellow.
Wax Crayons - colors: red, blue and yellow.
Markers - colors: red, blue and yellow.
Old Toothbrushes - 3 - 4
Stickers - variety of shapes and sizes
Plastic Bowls - 1/2 dozen, filled with water
Wire Sculptures - 1/2 (for dipping eggs)
Paint Brushes - 1 dozen, various shapes and lengths

Instructional Procedures:

1.    Advanced Organizers - Clarity of Learning Objectives: The lesson will begin with Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco. The children will be encouraged to offer input on their general egg knowledge. "Do other countries paint eggs?" "Do other countries eat eggs?" "How do you think they do this?" The teacher will describe the upcoming project and express to the children that they may decorate their egg(s) as they desire.

2.    Teaching Procedures: (Step 1) Show and read Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco. (Step 2) Class will discuss different types of eggs while considering images within the book. (Step 3) The teacher will ask open ended questions about the book and what the children may have learned. (Step 4) The teacher will discuss different methods some people use when decorating their eggs. (Step 5) Explain to the children that several different materials have been made available for them to use to decorate their egg(s). How they decorate is up to them. (Step 6) As children work, the teacher will ask open ended questions concerning how and why they are decorating as they are. The teacher will also ask questions to prompt experimentation with the materials. (Step 7) Clean up, wash hands, and put the eggs in a safe location to dry. (Step 8) Gather at the circle and discuss the activity.

3.    Progress check throughout the lesson: Questions and prompts for the children:
"What happens when you mix colors?" "What color do you think it is?" "Why?"
"Why did you choose [material name here] for your egg?" "How do you feel about the result?" "Why?"

4.    Supportive Interactions / Facilitation: Additional questions and prompts for the children: "Why did you choose this color?" "Are you happy with your design?" "This looks neat! Can you explain how you did this?" Further prompting and encouragement lines can be taken from #9. To find out if children understand how color mixing brings about new colors, I can use the line of prompting from #9: "What happens when you mix colors?" "What color do you think it is?" "Why?" Children who seem distracted or bored can be offered new materials and direct one-on-one communication.

5.    Closure: I will end the lesson in a group discussion about what the children did with their eggs. I will encourage the children to express why they decorated in certain ways. I will ask the group as a whole if any of them had mixed colors. I will give the children opportunity to answer and discuss together what happened when the colors were mixed and what colors were made when mixed. I will ask the children if anyone used the wax crayons and prompt group discussion on what they experienced when trying to color the eggs that had the wax on them.

Child Learning Assessment Procedures: D5 from the Milestones of Child Development:  explore colors and shapes of objects. Children will have answered questions about the colors they are using. They will identify primary colors and begin to establish knowledge of secondary colors and how those colors are made.

Considerations of variations in cultural and abilities differences:
(1) Children with fine motor delays and difficulties will be able to finger paint and use the tissue paper method in decorating their eggs, allowing them to decorate their eggs while gaining the needed experience in color.
(2) Visually challenged children will be given soft and rough collage materials and glue for their eggs to allow them to decorate their eggs through touch. They will not be able to see the colors, but they will be able to build upon fine motor skills and develop more touch sensory awareness.
(3) Children with ADHD will be given the opportunity to assist the teacher, offered additional eggs to decorate, offered additional materials, or offered the chance to go and read books related to eggs.
(4) Children from different cultures or languages will be able to shown in one-on-one discussion what the names of different colors are to help establish a foundation of color.

High-quality resources: Milestones of Child Development, Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco.