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After learning that Crayola was getting rid of a crayon color, a class of kindergarteners worked to come up with new colors that they think Crayola should add to their box of crayons!
Crayola inspired PBL in kindergarten! (Goodbye Dandelion!)
1 Apr, 2017. 2 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Kindergarten Writing, Reggio Inspired. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Have y’all heard that Crayola is retiring a crayon from their box of 24 crayons? When I heard this news, I thought that this problem would be a great way to start a PBL lesson/day in our kindergarten classroom.

In order to “set the stage,” When my students came in Friday morning, there was a problem on the board.

Have y'all heard that Crayola is retiring a crayon from their box of 24 crayons? When I heard this news, I thought that this problem would be a great way to start a PBL lesson/day in our kindergarten classroom.

We read the book, “The Day The Crayons Quit” and began a brief discussion about which color they would pick if they were in charge at Crayola. My young learners were very inspired by this challenge and got right to work looking through their crayon boxes to decide which crayon just wasn’t going to make the cut any longer. They then took out their journals and wrote an opinion piece about which crayon they would choose.

Kindergarten students were presented with the problem that Crayola was retiring on of their crayons. They wrote opinion pieces stating which crayon they would retire if they worked for Crayola!Kindergarten students were presented with the problem that Crayola was retiring on of their crayons. They wrote opinion pieces stating which crayon they would retire if they worked for Crayola!

Kindergarten students were presented with the problem that Crayola was retiring on of their crayons. They wrote opinion pieces stating which crayon they would retire if they worked for Crayola!

After we journaled about our choices, I showed my students that Crayola had selected to retire dandelion.  They weren’t too happy with Crayola’s decision but quickly regained their enthusiasm as we took a brief tour of the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA.

While watching my students were enthralled. They realllly want to go on a field trip there but it’s a bit too far away from Austin, TX. 😉 I had a few students say they were going to ask their parents if they could go there during the summer!

Then, we watched how crayons are made!

They LOVED this and wanted to become crayonologists for the day! Therefore, I presented my students with the task of coming up with the new crayon color that was going to replace dandelion! We suited up in our paint smocks and got right to work mixing colors.

Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!

This activity was a great way to review warm and cool colors and how to get just the right shade.

They discovered how to use white to make their color lighter.

Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola! Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!

And were overjoyed to get the “perfect color.”

Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!

I heard a lot of “this is SO fun” during this activity!

Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!

After my crayonologists reached their perfect color, they added it to our crayon color poster!

Kindergarten students work to create a new crayon color for Crayola!

After learning that Crayola was getting rid of a crayon color, a class of kindergarteners worked to come up with new colors that they think Crayola should add to their box of crayons!

They sure did come up with some beautiful colors, don’t you agree? We tweeted Crayola our ideas and hopefully they will respond! My kindergarteners would be over-the-moon-excited to hear from them!

 

 

 

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  1. Wow! What a cool lesson that was so relevant to the world and to those kids! You are a fantastic teacher

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed this blog post! :)

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  • Wow! What a cool lesson that was so relevant to the world and to those kids! You are a fantastic teacher

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed this blog post! :)

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