Fall Practicum Report 2: Literacy is Everywhere!

by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student


As I mentioned in my last blog post, I introduced each colour by reading a book and engaged in a critical discussion about the themes or the colour representation. I wanted to give you my book list and some guiding questions that I used.

Colour Inquiry



Background and Guiding questions

Red Red is Best  Kathy Stinson This story follows a little girl’s love for red. A good book to talk about feelings and how colours can make us feel good. I used a clip of “Anger” from Inside Out, to demonstrate that colours can make us feel different emotions.

  1.  How does red make the little girl feel?
  2. What items were red?
Orange Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins  Dianne Ochiltree We used this book on “Orange and Black” spirit day. A simple book that can be used to emphasize counting and one-to-one correspondence.

  1. Can you find more orange items in the book?
  2. Is there any orange items in the classroom?
Yellow Girl on the yellow giraffe  Ronald Himler This book can be used to enter into a discussion about poverty and living conditions. It is very simple, so you may need to read it a couple of times in order for students to pick up on it.

  1. Why did the girl love her yellow giraffe?
  2. Was the giraffe real? How do you know?
Green Little yellow and little blue  Leo Lionni  An awesome book to introduce mixing colours. Also, has an underlying message about friendship and families.

  1. What happened when little yellow and little blue played together?
  2. How did they turn back to their original colour.
Blue Red: a crayon’s story  Michael Hall This is a great book to have students make predictions with. The main character is a red crayon who is actually a blue crayon! Write your students predictions before reading, and come back to it after!

  1. What do you think this book is about? Why do you think that..?
  2. Why was everyone confused with the Red crayon?
  3. What happened in the end?
Purple Mix it up!  Herve Tullet  This is the book that helped my students learn about mixing colours. I did the colour volcanos after reading the book so I could reinforce the ideas.

  1. What happens when you mix…
    Red and Blue?
    Red and Yellow?
    Yellow and Blue?
  2. If I wanted a lighter colour, what colour do i add to it?
  3. If I wanted a darker colour, what colour do I add to it?
White and Brown White rabbits color book  Alan Baker Another great book to reinforce mixing colours. Also it helps children learn that white helps keep colours vibrant. I created a bunch of white bunnies on chart paper prior to the lesson and invited students to come up and colour as we wen
t along. (Spoiler alert, the white rabbit turns brown in the end!)

  1.  If the bunny was dipped in yellow and red paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  2. If the bunny was dipped in yellow and blue paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  3. If the bunny was dipped in blue and red paint, what colour would it be in the end?
  4. What colour was the bunny in the end?
Black and Grey The black book of Colours  Menena Cottin This wonderful book gives you an idea how a person without sight sees colour. All the pages are black, and the pictures are raised off of the page just like braille. This story helps children understand what colours look like if you were blind.

  1. What did the story say yellow felt like?
  2. What did the story say red felt like?
  3. What did the story say blue was like?
How colour make us feel My Many Coloured Days  Dr. Seuss This is one of Dr. Seuss’ hidden gems! This book helps give examples of how colours can make you feel. This was a great lesson near the end of the inquiry, to wrap up the concepts we spoke about in the Red lesson

  1. What colours make you feel good?
  2. What colours make you feel mad?
  3. What colours make you feel sad?
Skin colour Skin again

The Colors of Us

Bell Hooks

Karen Katz

These two books are great at introducing different skin colours and addressing some stereotypes that people may have about skin colours. I was unable to get the Colors of Us on loan from the library, so I found a youtube video that reads it outloud! Find it here!

  1. Look at your friends on the left and right, do you guys have the same skin colour?
  2. Some people may use the “peach” colour to colour themselves. Do you use the peach colour too? Why or why not?


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