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My Many Colored Days Synopsis
Dr. Seuss' book, My Many Colored Days, reviews emotions in terms of colors and animals. Children don't always understand how they are feeling and this adorable text helps clarify feelings through comparing them to animals and colors. The color analogies don't always match with common lexicon (for example green does not represent jealousy in the book and red doesn't equate to anger as you might expect).
This lesson offers activities related to My Many Colored Days. The activities are organized into individual versus group activities. All the activities are designed to help students better understand their own emotions and how to express their emotions to others. These activities are designed for young students.
These activities can be completed at the same time, as a class, but they are designed to be individual projects allowing each student to reflect on the book.
The Rainbow of Me
- Materials: You will need a large paper doll cut out for each student (have some extras in case students wish to start again). Each student will need a full assortment of crayons, colored pencils, or paint depending on your wishes for this project.
- Preparation: Read the story to the children as a class. Discuss what emotion went with each color. Discuss the page showing that a person can have many colors on the same day.
- Instructions: Give each student a paper doll cut out and colors. Ask them to take a few minutes to think about how they feel right now and then color their paper doll to match. They may use as many colors as they feel they need to in order to fully show their feelings. Remind them that they can use more of one color if they are feeling more like that emotion today than the others. After everyone is finished, you can connect the dolls together and string them around the room for a visual rainbow of your class.
What Color Am I?
- Materials: Worksheets pre-printed with ''If I were a color, I would be…'' and ''The animal that I would be is a ... because…''.
- Preparation: Read My Many Colored Days and discuss as a class.
- Instructions: Give each student a worksheet and explain that they should think about how the book connected emotions to colors and animals. They need to think about their biggest emotion right now and decide what color it is (it can match the book or not). Then they should decide what animal represents their emotion and color. Encourage students to draw a picture to show what they have written.
Picture Me Perfect
- Materials: Each child will need a piece of white card stock paper. You will need to collect many items of varying colors that are appropriate for gluing to card stock (buttons, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, etc.). Each child will need glue.
- Preparation: Arrange all of the art items on a central table for student access. Read My Many Colored Days and discuss specifically how the book equates colors to emotions.
- Instructions: Give each student a piece of card stock. Explain that they will be creating a collage of colorful items to represent themselves in the colors of the book. For example, they may like to use more green items if they are feeling like the fish or more yellow if they feel really busy. Remind them that they can choose whatever colors, and design their own collage exactly how they would like. Allow students to access the table with colored items as many times as they like to afford them the opportunity to really consider how they feel and what colors would represent themselves best on the day.
While personal reflection is good, sometimes it is beneficial to think outside of oneself. These lessons are designed to get students to think about emotions as a whole and not just as they are connected to themselves. When working in groups, students are encouraged to think of emotions in general and avoid personal discussions (this is to keep the group activities safe for all students).
What It Looks Like
- Materials: You will need many magazines to be cut up by the students. You will need one large poster board per color you would like groups to explore.
- Preparation: Clear enough space for each of your groups to work together cutting and pasting pictures onto the poster board. Read My Many Colored Days to the class.
- Instructions: Divide your class into groups. The number and size of groups will be determined by the number of emotions you wish to cover and the size of your class. Give one colored poster board to each group then ask them to look through the magazines to find pictures that represent the color their group has been assigned. Encourage groups to fill the entire poster board if they can. Hang the posters around the room.
Guess My Color
- Materials: You will need a hat, or jar, and as many slips of paper as you have students.
- Preparation: On the slips of paper, you can write colors or animals from the book My Many Colored Days. Read the book to the class. It may be beneficial for the class to have a few copies of the book to pass around during the activity.
- Instructions: Each student draws a slip of paper from the hat/jar. If the paper has an animal on it, the student must act like that animal. If the paper has a color, the student must think of the animal associated with that color in the book and act like that animal. All the other students guess what color is being represented. Note: they do not guess the animal, but the actual color/emotion being represented. The first to guess correctly gets the next turn. Play until everyone has had a turn.
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