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Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computers, Internet access, projector

Activity Description

In this multi-level writing and listening activity, students use their mouse to color a picture online and write descriptive sentences (beginning level) or a descriptive story (intermediate level) about the picture (including colors). The teacher then collects the stories and reads each aloud. Students listen as the sentences/stories are read while circulating the room and looking at the colored pictures on each computer screen. Students select the picture being described.


  1. Visit the Example Web Site and select See all pictures to color.
  2. Select a picture that is appropriate for the topic, holiday, and/or grammar point you are studying.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the steps required to color in the picture (Select Color Online, select a color and then select a part of the picture you want the color applied to. Select another color and repeat).
  4. Review color vocabulary and other relevant vocabulary and grammar structures with your students before conducting this activity in class.
  5. Provide a link to the site, either by bookmarking it or making a favorite, e-mailing it to students, or by listing it on your Web site. (You do have one, don't you?)


  1. Tell students they will be practicing their mouse skills as well as writing and listening skills today.
  2. Display the picture you have selected using the projector and demonstrate how to color it in.
  3. Direct students to the site and have them color in their picture. Encourage them to be creative!
  4. Have students open a word processing document (leaving the Web site with their picture open) and write sentences (beginning level) or a story (intermediate level) about their picture. Tell students they must include colors in their descriptions (for example, "The boy is wearing a black mask.") Help students resize the word processing document so they can see their picture while they write.
  5. Have students print out their sentences/stories and then minimize the document on their screens. Make sure the pictures each student colored are visible on each computer screen. Number each computer screen with a Post-It note.
  6. Read each students' paper aloud. Have the students listen while circulating the classroom to identify the picture being described. Have them write down the number of the computer screen that contains the picture being described.
  7. Repeat step six until all of the papers have been read.
  8. Discuss the answers.


  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low


Basic Communication

  • (2.7) Understand aspects of society and culture

Basic Communication

  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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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.