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Colorful Clothesline: Learning Colors

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

Beginning-level students learn vocabulary for colors in a combination of online and offline activities that require both individual and group work.


  1. Students should have basic computer and Web site navigation skills before engaging in this activity.
  2. Be sure to have crayons and/or colored pencils and scissors on hand for this activity.
  3. Print out copies of the following three documents for each student:
    Colors1 [pdf]
    Colors2 [pdf]
    Colors3 [pdf]


  1. Put students into small groups. In 3-5 minutes have them brainstorm different colors they know. Then ask for the groups to report back the colors. Write the colors on the board.
  2. Discuss the items in your classroom and their colors.
  3. Then tell students that today they will go on the Internet and learn vocabulary for colors. Have students visit the Web site above.
  4. Have students select COLORS. Provide students with a copy of the Colors1 handout, crayons, and/or colored pencils. Have students look at the Web page and color the boxes on the handout. Then have students write the name of the color next to the appropriate box.
  5. Next, distribute the Colors2 handout. Do the exercise as a whole class. Have students work in small groups of 2-3 people to complete the worksheet.
  6. Then write the colors on the board on a row: white, black, red, yellow, blue, green -- etc.
    Then go through the worksheet with the entire class by calling on individual students to read what they wrote for one color. Be sure to get through all the colors at least once and to give every student at least once chance to read from their worksheet. Write what items they say under the appropriate color. In the end, everyone should have a nice list of several items for each color.
  7. Now, distribute the Colors3 handout. Have students use crayons and/or colored pencils to draw one thing for each color (using the items on the Colors2 handout), then cut out the cards. They can use the cards to (1) play concentration with a partner, and/or (2) make flash cards, and/or (3) make a colors booklet.
  8. Model for students how to write sentences about the pictures they drew to match their color word cards. Model how to write – for example: " The apple is red. The car is blue." Have students write their sentences, then practice reading their sentences with a partner.
  9. Have students go back on the Internet, select the Color Quiz link, and take the quiz. When done, have them select Grade My Quiz to get their score. To finish, have students print out their score page.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.