New Words With Bright Colors!

New Words With Bright Colors! lesson plan

Learn a new language! Add to your vocabulary. Practice spelling words. Write and check your new words with a classmate in cool colors.

  • 1.

    Challenge students to catch on quickly to new words! Draw and write them in color with a classmate. Students make a list of new words they are interested in learning. They could be a language you are learning, weekly spelling words, or new math or science vocab, for example.

  • 2.

    Take turns translating, spelling, or writing definitions! Write a word (such as el gato) on a dry-erase board with Crayola® Dry-Erase Markers. Students ask a partner to translate the word (cat), spell it, or define it. When the answer has been checked, the words are erased.

  • 3.

    Students take turns. Repeat the activity until both partners have mastered their entire word lists.


  • LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: First Words (Bilingual Bright Baby) / Primeras Palabras (Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition) by Roger Priddy; Bilingual Bright Baby Colors (Spanish Edition) by Roger Priddy; Bilingual Bright Baby Animals (Bright Baby / Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition) by Roger Priddy
  • Encourage students to use a similar partner strategy to engage with other topics such as body parts, continents, state or country capitals, etc.
  • Students work in teams of two. One student writes a vocabulary work in the second, or new language being acquired. The second student in the pair draws an illustration of the term and prints the word in English at the bottom of the white board. Check for accuracy!