Students in first grade have been learning about color for the past couple of weeks. We took a look at the color wheel and talked about primary and secondary colors. What are the primary colors? Why are they important? What are the secondary colors? How are they made? After answering these questions, students were introduced to their next project: color wheel turkeys. Students were given sheets of construction paper (4 x 10" rectangles), one of each primary color and one of each secondary color. With a black crayon, they traced around a feather shaped template on each piece of colored paper and then cut their feathers out.
Then they did the same thing with two circle shapes - one small and one large.
The following week, it was time to put the color wheel turkeys together! We first reviewed the color wheel with this handy-dandy color wheel that I made out of foam board. Each color piece is removable, so I took them all off, and the students put them back where they belong after answering questions (What is one primary color? What color do we get from mixing red and blue?). They loved it!
Once I was sure that each and every student had the primary and secondary colors down pat, it was time to start assembling. Students began by gluing the small circle to the top of the big circle, and then they glued the primary color feathers on in the correct order.
When the primary colors were all glued in place, the secondary colors were added where they belong.
The last steps were to fold orange strips of construction paper accordion style and glue them on for legs, add googly eyes, and draw on a beak and a wattle.
Excellent work, first grade! Gobble gobble!