Grab a free trial and go bananas!

  • Download all lessons to PDF
  • Download and edit all resources
  • Share lessons with your colleagues
  • Save favourite lessons for later
Sign up today

7 days free, cancel anytime, no questions asked

Already have an account?Log in now

Purple arrow
Exciting literacy lesson to make reading aloud fun.
FluencyEndurance
Grade:1
Lesson from Cleverbean

Colourful Voices

Learning Intention: Improve expression when reading aloud.

Exciting literacy lesson to make reading aloud fun.
FluencyEndurance
Lesson from Cleverbean
Grade: 1

Colourful Voices

Learning Intention: Improve expression when reading aloud.

What you'll need

  • Coloured hoops
  • Coloured paddle pop sticks
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Optional: coloured microphone props
Curriculum

Grade 1 - ACELA1787

Grade 1 ACLEA1453

Grade 1 - ACELY1659

Success criteria

  • Students will be able to read a familiar text with variation in tone and expression.
Lesson

Modelled

  1. Have students sit in a circle and think of a creative colour that starts with the first letter of their name. Make sure they take turns saying their ideas and encourage them to use alliteration. For example, Mia could say Marshmallow White or Moonlight Mauve.

  2. Read ‘My Many Coloured Days’ by Dr. Suess, or another selected text.

  3. Discuss the way different emotions can be represented by different colours. Ask students: What colours make you feel happy or excited? What colours make you feel tired or slow?

  4. Read the learning intention. Explain to students that they will be learning to improve their expression when reading aloud.

  5. Survey the class for reasons why reading with expression is an important skill to develop. Demonstrate part of the text again in a very dull and slow voice and then again in an animated voice, so as to give students an example of how expression improves the audience’s experience.