Saturday, March 19, 2011

Shades of Green

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I'm up fairly early for a Saturday.  Decided to experiment with Smilebox, which is free to teachers.  I've had it for a while and fiddled with it some.  But today I decided to put some pictures together that the children drew on St. Patrick's Day.  We used only shades of green.  If the crayon had the word green on it somewhere or if the word meant green, they could use it. So starting with green markers, they drew a picture of their choice.  And with crayons, they had to fill in every space with green of some sort.  I heard exclamations of "Hey, that's not green, it's blue!"  "It says green-blue on it, so I can use it."  We talked about what two colors are mixed together to get green, and so then yellow crayons were examined. We discovered that there were some green yellows and some yellow greens!
They colored, and read crayons, and discussed.  And here are our beautiful green pictures!
I took pictures of their fun (wasn't really "work" to them!), and read some directions myself, and here it is.  There are page choices where you can write text to go with it.  I'm planning on using it with the kids next, to write a story and put their illustrations in it.  Should make a cute book that we can post on our website, email to parents or print up.


  1. Oooh, what a great way to put students work together like that. I loved the green colors! This post totally reminded me that I should play around with smilebox. I have the program on my computer, but haven't tried it yet.
    --Jee Young

  2. It's such fun to hear about your project & the way the kids learned about how colors work as they did this activity. They might never have noticed that colors have names before! They must love the smile box-thanks for the idea. I hadn't heard about it.

  3. I cannot turn away from something new and free. Thanks for sharing and your pictures were beautiful in the hall!

  4. What a beautiful way to highlight children's work. I want to try it! Thank you for sharing!


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