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Keywords: poetry, technology, colors, art, english, language, writing, creative writing
Subject(s): Art, Technology, Writing, English/Language Arts
Grades 3 through 6
School: Northside Elementary School, Benson, MN
Planned By: Julie Carroll
Original Author: Julie Carroll, Benson
Ask students how they would describe the color green (or any other chosen color of your choice). More than likely they will share "things" that are green, such as grass, trees, leaves, etc. Ask them how they would describe the color green to someone who had never seen those objects before. What other senses besides sight, could they use. Explain that using the other senses such as smell, sound, touch, and taste could help describe the color.

Using a chart with the five senses labeled, have students brainstorm other ways to describe green. (Ideas: tastes like cool minty gum, sounds like leaves whispering in the wind, feels like grass tickling your feet, smells like freshly mowed grass). Using the template below, place the ideas into the poem. The last line can be anything the student would like.


Green tastes like......
Green feels like.....
Green smells like......
Green sounds like.....
Green looks like......
Green makes me feel.....
Green is.......

Then have students draw a color out of a crayon box and brainstorm ideas for their color like was done as a whole group. They should create their poem with the above template and their color.

Finally, using the website http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr/#colors=5a98fa; students will choose from the color selector the color that matches their poem/crayon. Using a copy/paste method, they can place images into a document and create a collage using pictures of landscapes, animals, plants. (*Note they may need to select the image in the document, go to the layout settings to choose TIGHT in order to move and overlap images). After the collage is created, students may type their poem and print for a beautiful piece of poetry art.
Be sure to give credit to the photographers of the photos used from the multicolor lab site.
Students could create music and record their poem with the music in the background as a podcast.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Printers, Word Processor