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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Paint Chip Poetry

I love using paint chips!  I have used them in the past for books marks, reading incentives, and for brainstorming synonyms.  I used them last week to write Color Poems.  The kids wrote a metaphor and three similes describing a color.  They came out awesome!

Check out my color poetry post from last year! I read some trade books and we talked about how colors represent emotions and feelings.  I read the books and used the chart.

The next thing that the kids did was pick a paint chip.  
They used the following sheet to brainstorm their ideas.

I used a sheet from Writing Fix.  
The kids wrote similes using their senses.
They picked three similes that fit their metaphor.
(I did conference with them, although the mistakes reappeared!)

Here are some published poems:


  1. I really like this unique idea, I believe it would be a fantastic activity to do with the children. I like the examples you have used on your blog too - it looks like it made a very productive lesson!

    All the best,
    Ben :)

    I hope you can hop along to my blog too:

  2. This is such a fun way to use paint chips! I love reading your blog!
    Science for Kids Blog

  3. Awesome idea. My kids love this. Now I need to find the paint chips!!

  4. The paint chips I used are from Home Depot...I sent my hubby!!!! (He loves going...LOL)

  5. love this thanks for the share!

  6. Thanks for sharing this great idea! I came by your blog via Pinterest, and will be including this post in my weekly round-up of inspiring pins this coming Monday. If you'd like to have a look, you will be able to find it here on Monday:

    Thank you,
    Kelly at Little Green

  7. Awesome idea!! going to use first full week of school to get them thinking about descriptive writing! thanks

  8. I really love your blog - such useful ideas. I've used this idea in a literacy lesson plan I wrote for my teacher's college program! Thanks again :)

  9. Great idea! I hope you don't mind if I link this to my blog. I'm writing about writing ideas to keep my boys motivated!

    1. Thanks for checking...Please feel free! Glad my blog inspires others!

  10. I'm so excited to try this awesome activity! Can I ask what trade books you used/suggest for the lesson portion of this project?

  11. It has been a few years...I'm teaching just math and science. I know I used My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss and Hailstones and Halibut Bones. Good luck!

  12. Hi Mrs. Hall. Found your blog while searching for metaphors to teach my kids. I homeschool now after 20 years in public school. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing! Sincerely, Mrs. Hall


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