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Movement in open spaces

Grade Level: K-3

Time: 15 minutes

Color Dance

Color Dance

Lesson Design by Nancy

Fairchild (Credits to Dan Fee
WMEA 2013)



Children need to interact with literature. This book can

incorporate movement, creativity and comprehension into its
reading for understanding.

Color Dance by Ann Jonas

1. Students will listen to a story about the primary colors
2. Students will recognize colors that blend to make other
3. Students will create movement to accompany the ballet
of this book.
4. Students will learn the primary colors and what colors go
together to create other colors.

Colored scarves (red, yellow,
blue, Black, white)
Recording: Intermezzo from
Cavalier Rustican by Masgani
Primary Color Wheel

Key Words in the book

Red, Yellow, Blue

1. Read the story with no musical additions
2. Place colored scarves around the room. Black and White
will flow through the group.
3. Practice moves with the scarves. Invite students to be
creative how they move together to create other colors.
4. Read the book again with students only moving when
they hear their color. Add the musical background to
encourage movement in a smooth/fluid motion.
5. Discuss what colors are primary and what colors are
created with those colors.

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read
aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking
and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if
something is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays
to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the
relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read

prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade
Extensions/teaching tips
1. Perform for other classes. Share their creative endeavors
with peers and families
2. Invite the art teacher to share the color wheel concept
from art.

Color Dance

Orange, Purple,
Aquamarine, Magenta, Violet,
Vermillion, Marigold, Brown,
grey, Black, white

Color Dance