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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Shades of Green!

Created on August 12, 2013 by Ms-Organized-Chaos

Getting students to understand the number of shades of green and all colors for that matter is a difficult task. This lesson gives them a fun way to tackle to challenge of mixing colors to create all different shades of green. This lesson includes an end of unit field trip.

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4 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT apply color theory knowledge to mix various shades of green.
2. SWBAT manage and simplify complex surroundings to draw from observation.
3. SWBAT use shapes and forms as the basis for drawings from their surroundings.

1. Pencils/Erasers
2. Plain Drawing Paper
3. Mixture of green nature still life materials.
4. Crayons
5. Oil Pastels
6. Colored Pencils

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*coordinate this lesson with classroom teachers around students study of plants in science*

1. Arrange a variety of different plants on students table which are primarily green (artificial plants from a local craft store work great).
2. Walk students through simplifying what they see into basic shapes in order to draw outlines(contours)of the plants.
3. Demonstrate to students basic color theory techniques of creating multiple shades of green.
4. Allow students to focus on one area of their still life, and circulate throughout the room to assist as needed. Make sure to use proper vocabulary when referring to the plant parts.
5. Allow students the choice of materials to use to add color to their still life.
6. Coordinate with the teachers a trip to your local botanical gardens or outdoor forest area. Be sure to make yourself a "drawing station" during the field trip where students draw their surroundings, applying the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.

1. Students are assessed throughout the classroom portion through the teacher looking at their ability to narrow things down into shapes, then their ability to mix various shades of green.
2. Students are assessed on the field trip based on final product and it's use of taught techniques.

This resource truly changed the confidence my students have in their ability to mix colors. Rarely now, do they ever use a solid color by itself. Students are now confident with their mixing skills, and focus now on refining their drawing skills.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Color/Value, Line, Proportion/Size, Shape

Colored Pencil, Crayon, Drawing, Mixed Media, Paper, Pastel, Pencil


  • BindersArt 10/25/2013 at 01:08am
    So much fun! I love the idea of getting the students out of the classroom/studio to see that art can be created in any setting - and that inspiration can come from anywhere