Third Grade’s Color Experiment

I am so proud of my color wheel unit.  Yes.  I am bragging.  But, I have to say, this unit did it all.  We did a pre-test, post-test, inquiry, experimentation, application, reflection.  And, my kids showed a huge amount of learning in the end.  Some kids are so concrete, they needed to see a grade (gasp) on their test to show they learned something.  I’m cool with that.

Here’s the breakdown. Day 1: pretest to show what you know about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Most of my kids didn’t know much even though we’ve been doing this since kindergarten.  This was enlightening for me more than anyone else I am sure.


Day 2: unpack model magic (colors).  Mix colors and place on color wheel in correct spots.


Day 3:  Students are given palette containing only primary colors. Their job is to mix paint using the same idea of putting colors down in right spots on the color wheel.


Day 4: experiment with colors (adding white and black), and figure out what you can make using lots of colors. We brainstormed everything from candies, balloons, donuts, etc.


Days 4 – 7: make your creation.  The more colors the better. Mix it up. Only primary colors, black and white are given out.







Day 8:  reflect on work. Most students enjoyed their work but felt they needed to work on craftsmanship.


Last day: post-test.  Show what you know.  We all learned something during this unit.


Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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