1. Give each child a copy of the Color Song. With
crayons, have the children underline each color in the song
with the color the word represents. Practice the song
with the children including the motions of each color.
2. After singing the color song, present two
boxes of crayons. Ask the children what is inside the
boxes. Child will respond with crayons. State that "Yes, one
box contains crayons," show them the crayons, "but the other
crayon box has something else inside." Have the children
guess the contents in the other box. Finally, show them
that the crayon box contains cotton balls. Explain
to the children that what you see on the outside does not
always reflect what's in the inside and that each one of
may be different on the outside but have the same feelings on
Prior Knowledge / Personal Connections
1. Have a open discussion with the children and ask "how
are we different." For example, the color of hair, eyes, and
skin, likes, hobbies, etc. Then discuss how we may be alike.
Also, discuss feelings associated with the aspect of
difference and how people treat different people.
1. Before reading the poem, open the flap of a new box of
crayons and pretend the box is talking to you.
2. Read the poem with different voices that represents the
Comprehension / Discussion
1. Discuss the story and how the colors did not get along
in the beginning of the poem but by the end of the poem, the
crayons learned that together they can make beautiful
pictures. Discuss the feelings associated with being
different and how people are treated different because they
act or look different.
2. Discuss the fact that even though crayons are different
colors, they are all crayons and relate this to that people
are also different but they are still all people.
- Ask children how humans may be different. (skin color,
hair color, eye color, age, gender, ect.)
- Ask children if they can name some characteristics of
themselves. May have to give meaning to the word
3. Discuss the importance of students cooperating
together makes the world a better picture. Discuss how we
should respect one another and that we should be
sensitive to the feelings of others.
- Ask children what and how they can work together.
- Ask children how they show respect to another person or
- Ask children if they identify with the feelings of
sadness, rejection, and so on.
Closing / Reinforcing Learning
1. Reinforce the concept that people may look different on
the outside but they are the same on the inside and they have
feelings so be kind and courteous to all because we all have
1. Follow up activities with web sites either in the
classroom or computer lab. Divide children into groups and do
the following activities:
- Watch the under streaming video, How Were Different and
Alike. (see resources)
- Go to the website with The Story of Colors, this
literature reinforces cooperation. (see resources)
- Have children print out a picture frame and color
themselves in a portrait. (see resources)
- Go to the Crayola web site for fun activities and games.