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Designing Elements of Story in Little Blue and Little Yellow

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Designing Elements of Story in Little Blue and Little Yellow

Grades K – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Theodore Kesler, Ed.D.

Flushing, New York


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access and a color printer
  • Classroom computer with projection capability and speakers
  • Freymann, S. & Elffers, J. (1999). How are you peeling? Foods with moods. New York: Scholastic. Alternatively, if you have a classroom computer with projection capability, you might download some images from the book by typing in the key phrase “How are you peeling?” in Google
  • Lionni, L. (1959). Little Blue and Little Yellow. New York: HarperCollins
  • Books about color and design (see Annotated Bibliography)
  • Art supplies: scissors, glue, primary and secondary-colored construction paper, yarn, tape, pastels or water color kits
  • A digital camera
  • Chart paper and markers


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Doodle Splash

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Doodle Splash

Doodle Splash combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking by pairing online drawing with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.


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  • Leo Lionni

    This site gives an excellent introduction to children in grades K through 5 about Leo Lionni’s life, his art work, and his children’s books. The site includes excellent printable activities and videos of Lionni’s art making process.

  • Mix and Paint

    In this interactive game at the Curious George site of PBS Kids, students can mix colors using the primary colors and white, then fill in a coloring book of pictures from Curious George stories. This is a highly engaging computer activity for children in grades K through 3.

  • The Art Zone

    This site in the National Gallery of Art website provides many interactive art explorations for children. A few activities in particular encourage exploration with brushstrokes, styles, colors, movement, and overall design. These activities include Brushster, Flow, Collage Machine I and II, and Paintbox. For some of these activities, students can type descriptive passages and give their digital art work titles. They can print out their finished products. This is an excellent site for students in grades 3 through middle school.

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  1. If you have a classroom computer with projection capability, then for Session 1, it would help if you have a digital camera to take photos of each group’s work with Action Phrases from Little Blue and Little Yellow. You could then return to the students’ work at other times by projecting the digital images for further analysis.
  2. Preview the website about Leo Lionni. If you have a classroom computer with projection capability and speakers, you might show some of the videos about Leo Lionni’s art making process. If you do not have this classroom technology, print out Chapter 6 under the link “About Lionni” for Session 2.
  3. If you have class laptops with Internet access and a printer, familiarize yourself with the student interactive Doodle Splash with the other websites that are recommended in this lesson for mixing and exploring colors. This will be the work of Session 3.

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